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The Hunger Games (2012)



Critic Consensus: Thrilling and superbly acted, The Hunger Games captures the dramatic violence, raw emotion, and ambitious scope of its source novel.

Movie Info

Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which "Tributes" must fight with one another until one survivor remains. Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she's ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love. -- (C) Lionsgatemore
Rating: PG-13 (for intense violent thematic material and disturbing images - all involving teens)
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Billy Ray, Suzanne Collins, Gary Ross
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 18, 2012
Box Office: $408.0M
Lionsgate - Official Site


Jennifer Lawrence
as Katniss Everdeen
Josh Hutcherson
as Peeta Mellark
Liam Hemsworth
as Gale Hawthorne
Woody Harrelson
as Haymitch Abernathy
Elizabeth Banks
as Effie Trinket
Stanley Tucci
as Caesar Flickerman
Donald Sutherland
as President Snow
Wes Bentley
as Seneca Crane
Toby Jones
as Claudius Templesmith
Willow Shields
as Primrose Everdeen
Brooke Bundy
as Octavia
Paula Malcomson
as Katniss' Mother
Jack Quaid
as Marvel
Amber Chaney
as Avox Girl
Raiko Bowman
as Peeta's Mother
Phillip Troy Linger
as Katiniss' Father
Rhoda Griffis
as Registration Woman
Sandino Moya-Smith
as Propaganda Film Trib...
Sandino Moya
as Propaganda Film Trib...
Dwayne Boyd
as Peacekeeper #1
Anthony Reynolds
as Peacekeeper #2
Judd Derek Lormand
as Peacekeeper #3
Ian Nelson
as Tribute Boy District...
Kalia Prescott
as Tribute Girl Distric...
Ethan Jamieson
as Tribute Boy District...
Mackenzie Lintz
as Tribute Girl Distric...
Annie Thurman
as Tribute Girl Distric...
Dakota Hood
as Tribute Girl Distric...
Shane Bissell
as Birthday Boy
Katie Kneeland
as Hovercraft Tech
Steve Coulter
as Game Center Tech #1
Dr. Sharon Morris Ma...
as Game Center Tech #2
Tim Taylor
as Game Center Tech #3
Jack Ross Sharp
as Game Center Tech #4
Leven Rambin
as Glimmer
Paula Malcolmson
as Katniss' Mother
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News & Interviews for The Hunger Games

Critic Reviews for The Hunger Games

All Critics (278) | Top Critics (48)

The film shows precious little hunger and no sense of game.

Full Review… | June 17, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

It adds up to an intelligent, reasonably well-made first installment that leaves us primed for Katniss' future adventures.

Full Review… | November 16, 2015
Fort Worth Weekly

A refreshingly gritty and adventurous affair that packs plenty of thematic depth, it doesn't let the ambitious source material down.

Full Review… | June 24, 2015

Has all the technical ingredients of a great (and even important) film, but sideswipes them in order to leave the audience feeling like that they have been abandoned in the wilderness of extreme cruelty.

Full Review… | September 11, 2014

Though not at all innovative or original, is at least a worthwhile action fantasy.

Full Review… | November 25, 2013
Cinema Crazed

Director Gary Ross does a great job in bringing the thrilling novel to life in this uncompromising drama.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
John Hanlon Reviews

Audience Reviews for The Hunger Games

The dystopic universe could have been better explored, while the shaky camera in the action scenes makes it a bit hard to follow what is taking place on screen. Still, this is an exhilarating movie that benefits a lot from great performances and charismatic characters.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

"The Hunger Games" does everything right that the "Twilight Saga" did wrong. It invests you in the characters, makes you feel emotion for every tribute who is on the "good" side, and creates an atmosphere unlike anything you have ever seen. As Katniss's younger sister Primrose is chosen as tribute to compete in the 74th annual Hunger Games, she will not have it. She volunteers herself to compete. The Hunger Games are a battle to the death. 12 districts across the world compete. It is a televised event that happens out of pure chance. Many of the contenders have been trained, while Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) is forced to rely on her hunting knowledge and coaching instructions. As she meets Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), her feelings for the game change, when she finds out that he is in love with her. 24 contestants are forced into battle, only one comes out alive. In this borderline PG-13 flick, the gore is as high as it needs to be, the acting is brilliant by the entire cast, especially Jennifer Lawrence, who pulls off a powerhouse portrayal of Katniss. Emotion runs on high throughout this film and I was on the edge of my seat the entire way through. It does have it's share of cliche's of course, and those are the few minor faults. The shaky camera felt a little off when you try to focus on the action, the chemistry between Katniss and Gale was a bit rushed, and the conclusion of the film leaves you with so many questions. This film does give you a lot of what you want and It is everything a book adaptation should be. "The Hunger Games" is a great starting point for this series.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

The first in this series deserves a lot of credit for setting up its world in a way that allowed 'Catching Fire' to build upon it so well, but that movie really shows this up for what it is: a solid dystopian sci-fi flick with an outstanding central performance from Jennifer Lawrence, but also medicore action scenes and two-dimensional supporting characters.

Liam Gadd
Liam Gadd

Super Reviewer

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