The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Reviews

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Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
May 1, 2015
A franchise inches toward its conclusion
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
April 13, 2015
It may not have the visual panache of the first two films, but it makes up for it with a thrilling series of events that set us up nicely for the final film in the franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Widgett Walls
Needcoffee.com
April 10, 2015
They didn't go full Hobbit on us, but [Mockingjay] should have been one film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
April 9, 2015
It feels like Lionsgate are killing time rather than driving forward, so hopefully the long-term success of the franchise isn't harmed by a short-term money grab.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rebecca Cusey
The Federalist
March 30, 2015
Increasingly, in a world of ISIS, we know evil exists and is not going away. Maybe we need symbols to inspire us.
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers
March 18, 2015
"The Hunger Games" are almost over. We are near the end. And, I see a world where all are dandified with smelly leotards and jazzy wigs. It's the future, baby.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
March 14, 2015
... Francis Lawrence... and screenwriters Peter Craig and Danny Strong turn out a surprisingly engaging film about rebellion, propaganda, media, and the emotional and psychological scars of war...
Stephen Rebello
Playboy Online
January 19, 2015
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay is just a long, slow teaser for next year's grand finale, Mockingjay - Part 2.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Leah Pickett
Consequence of Sound
January 8, 2015
Although well-acted, cleverly executed, and spiked with a couple of series-high moments, Mockingjay, Part 1 is not nearly as exciting as the films that preceded it
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
January 3, 2015
That Jennifer Lawrence and her co-stars can prop up what is essentially half an epic and have us say "more please" is testament to their talents and that of director Francis Lawrence
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
December 31, 2014
Delivers a decent preview of the big finish coming in the final chapter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
December 29, 2014
an adaptation of a book about a teenage girl navigating the seas of her rising estral tides
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
December 28, 2014
It shares some structural similarities with other penultimate franchise films ... [and] by necessity, will leave you less than satisfied when the credits roll.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
December 27, 2014
This half-a-novel adaptation bides its time and, in doing so, diminishes its heroine.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
December 14, 2014
A solid lead-up to the finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
December 12, 2014
As far as detached setups go, this is a movie that effectively rouses our suspicions into something of dogged interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
December 12, 2014
To borrow the term from a friend, this latest instalment in the Hunger Games series is suffering from "part-one-itis."
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
December 10, 2014
Doesn't make us want to see more final films split into two parts, but it makes the decision to do so in this instance feel absolutely warranted.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Tracie Cooper
TV Guide's Movie Guide
December 9, 2014
This is arguably the best installment in the franchise because the love triangle is put on the back burner in favor of deeper themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Andy Crump
Paste Magazine
December 4, 2014
It's a prologue without an epilogue, an introduction without a conclusion, 120 minutes of setup without a proper climax. In other words, it's a drag.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.3/10
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