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Thrilling and superbly acted, The Hunger Games captures the dramatic violence, raw emotion, and ambitious scope of its source novel. Read critic reviews

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In what was once North America, the Capitol of Panem maintains its hold on its 12 districts by forcing them each to select a boy and a girl, called Tributes, to compete in a nationally televised event called the Hunger Games. Every citizen must watch as the youths fight to the death until only one remains. District 12 Tribute Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has little to rely on, other than her hunting skills and sharp instincts, in an arena where she must weigh survival against love.

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Jennifer Lawrence
Katniss Everdeen
Josh Hutcherson
Peeta Mellark
Liam Hemsworth
Gale Hawthorne
Woody Harrelson
Haymitch Abernathy
Elizabeth Banks
Effie Trinket
Stanley Tucci
Caesar Flickerman
Donald Sutherland
President Snow
Wes Bentley
Seneca Crane
Toby Jones
Claudius Templesmith
Gary Ross
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Gary Ross
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Suzanne Collins
Screenwriter
Billy Ray
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Jon Kilik
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Robin Bissell
Executive Producer
Suzanne Collins
Executive Producer
Louise Rosner
Executive Producer
Tom Stern
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Critic Reviews for The Hunger Games

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  • The Hunger Games is undeniably progressive in making its protagonist so plucky, independent, and self-actualizing a young woman.

    February 25, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The film shows precious little hunger and no sense of game.

    June 17, 2013 | Full Review…
  • [Ross'] version of The Hunger Games, while not perfect, is probably as magnificent I ever my wildest dreams could have hoped for it to be.

    April 14, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • If you've never read Collins' novels, the odds that you'll enjoy the film are not in your favor.

    April 5, 2012 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…
  • Lawrence proved her ability to carry a character's heavy burden in Winter's Bone. As Katniss Everdeen, a teenage girl who is both physically and morally strong, she has gravitas, rarely breaking into a smile, but reveals no sign of self-seriousness.

    March 30, 2012 | Full Review…
  • A triumph of restraint - but had the film been more visceral and less sanitised it might have better implicated viewers in the voyeuristic bloodlust of its entertainment.

    March 29, 2012 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Hunger Games

  • Nov 09, 2015
    "The Hunger Games" is a a good Sci-fi movie with good acting and great special effects. This movie is a great start into "The Hunger Games" quadrilogy. And I do look forward to seeing "Catching Fire". I would recommend this movie to anyone who does enjoy sci-fi movies. I give "The Hunger Games" a 7.5/10.
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  • May 09, 2014
    Weird movie. Seems to be about the exploitation of young people for public entertainment. Meanwhile, the film features an up-and-coming starlet as the heroine (Jennifer Lawrence), and she's becoming a fixture of Hollywood entertainment in her own right. All the scenes in the film look very anodyne and clear; even dirty people, dirty rooms, dirty floors look like something clean trying to look dirty. Violence is rampant throughout the movie but it's softened by soft focus and overlaid by orchestral music suggesting that while yes this is a lot of violence for a PG-13, nobody involved with this motion picture condones it, and anyway isn't it nice that we cut away right before a young boy's neck is snapped? The film's heroine, by the way, who is fighting for survival, makes her first kill in the film and shows no remorse, as I imagine a young woman in her situation, I, or almost anyone on the planet who is not a sociopath would. Nobody seems to be too torn up that they are killing other children and young adults. That said, the movie is slick and flashy, and I'm sure the rest of the films will continue to attract a lot of attention.
    Billie P Super Reviewer
  • Mar 27, 2014
    Elevated by a tremendous second half.
    Kyle M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 10, 2014
    Watched on: January 10, 2014 I wasn't least interested in going for it, but I'm glad that I did. I thought it would be just a version of Battle Royale, but there was much more entertainment in store than my expectations. The movie starts with a girl fearing to be chosen as a participant in The Hunger Games, and her nightmare turns real. But she has a brave elder sister willing to volunteer and save her sister from the probable negative consequences. Then begins the promotion of the game and the training, et al. It wasn't anything extraordinary, but the chemistry forming between Katniss and Peeta draws attention and keeps it going. Finally, I didn't find the game much exciting except for the very ending.
    familiar s Super Reviewer

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