The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
August 21, 2015
I appreciated its more downbeat intellectual grasp of how wars can be fought through film and media.
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
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.
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...
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
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
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
December 14, 2014
A solid lead-up to the finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Keyes
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
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
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
December 1, 2014
In transforming Katniss from victim/champion to icon and expanding the stakes from personal survival to political revolution, this third film sacrifices some of the metaphorical power of its teen-centric predecessors...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bob Grimm
Reno News and Review
November 30, 2014
Better than the first, not as good as the second.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
November 27, 2014
This sequel-split rests on the time-tested theory that there's money to be raked in by extending the life of characters who had us from the first arrow.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Annlee Ellingson
L.A. Biz
November 26, 2014
We'll have to wait another 12 months to see if Katniss' story finally comes to a satisfying, if cynical, conclusion.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 26, 2014
The good news is that Mockingjay 1 is better than its predecessors. The bad news is that it would, I feel certain, be all but incomprehensible to anyone who hadn't seen those films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Margot Harrison
Seven Days
November 26, 2014
Mockingjay is at its most powerful when it introduces a possibility that's daring in a YA franchise and would be almost unimaginable in a superhero one.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
November 26, 2014
In the excitable world of dystopian fantasy, the series remains the best of the bunch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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