The Hunger Games Reviews

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Jodie Tyley
SciFiNow
June 24, 2015
A refreshingly gritty and adventurous affair that packs plenty of thematic depth, it doesn't let the ambitious source material down.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
September 11, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
November 25, 2013
Though not at all innovative or original, is at least a worthwhile action fantasy.
John Hanlon
John Hanlon Reviews
June 30, 2013
Director Gary Ross does a great job in bringing the thrilling novel to life in this uncompromising drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/5
Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 23, 2013
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 | Original Score: C+
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David Thomson
The New Republic
June 17, 2013
The film shows precious little hunger and no sense of game.
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 26, 2013
Lawrence makes Katniss a heroine every bit as strong, fearless and compelling as the patron saint of badass females, Lisbeth Salander.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee
May 17, 2013
The filmmakers' devotion to Collins' page-turner will please the book's fans and anyone who likes action, sci-fi, social commentary or a female protagonist with smarts, compassion and survival skills.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground
March 4, 2013
An exhilarating debut from the bestselling series about teenagers engaged in a deadly bloodsport.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kirk Baird
Toledo Blade
January 7, 2013
Given the recent failure of so many big-budget films, the odds weren't in The Hunger Games favor, either. Thankfully, Hollywood got this one right.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tracie Cooper
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 7, 2013
The supporting cast is excellent (most notably Stanley Tucci as flamboyant television host Caesar Flickerman, and Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy, Katniss and Peeta's troubled mentor).
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ben Kendrick
ScreenRant
September 27, 2012
Some plot threads are underserved but The Hunger Games is a fascinating and disturbing character drama that successfully captures the core themes of the book.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
September 16, 2012
Sure this entry is a ripoff of "Battle Royale," but it's still an entertaining ride with great casting that will more than likely please fans of the book and those who've never even heard of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered
September 15, 2012
Despite a few minor problems, The Hunger Games proves to be a promising start to what will no doubt become the next beloved Hollywood mega-series.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Matt Looker
TheShiznit.co.uk
September 13, 2012
While the 12A rating renders any serious violence a tad impotent, there is much more going on here than the fawning and frowning of its soppy vampire peer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 30, 2012
A retread of a tale that's The Running Man meets Lord of the Flies with a dash of Twilight for tween-adoring measure.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
William Bibbiani
CraveOnline
August 22, 2012
I never thought I'd describe a film by Pleasantville and Seabiscuit director Gary Ross as 'whackadoodle,' but if the shoe fits.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD
August 20, 2012
The Hunger Games may be a flawed beast, to be sure, but there's plenty of subtext to glean from the narrative, and a slew of wonderfully rich characters worth investing in.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Richard Knight
Knight at the Movies
July 15, 2012
While a great ride of a movie, it is also one wrapped around an oddly disquieting message.
Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files
May 22, 2012
The first genuine can't miss film of the year that you'll want to go back to the theater to see over and over again.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.5/10
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