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 … More

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
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as Peeta Mellark

as Gale Hawthorne

as Haymitch Abernathy

as Effie Trinket

as Caesar Flickerman

as President Snow

as Seneca Crane

as Claudius Templesmith

as Primrose Everdeen

as Octavia

as Katniss' Mother

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as Avox Girl

as Peeta's Mother

as Katiniss' Father

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as Hovercraft Tech

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as Glimmer

as Katniss' Mother
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Critic Reviews for The Hunger Games

All Critics (277) | Top Critics (47)

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

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

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

The movie is oddly blithe about its central premise. How can this movie set up this monstrous society and this brutal game of genocide and expect us to not only cheer for someone to "win," but also hope she finds someone to kiss in the end?

Full Review… | June 23, 2013

Audience Reviews for The Hunger Games

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

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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