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The Hunger Games (2012)

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.

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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 lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she's ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love. -- (C) Lionsgate

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Jennifer Lawrence
as Katniss Everdeen
Josh Hutcherson
as Peeta Mellark
Liam Hemsworth
as Gale Hawthorne
Woody Harrelson
as Haymitch Abernathy
Elizabeth Banks
as Effie Trinket
Stanley Tucci
as Caesar Flickerman
Donald Sutherland
as President Snow
Wes Bentley
as Seneca Crane
Toby Jones
as Claudius Templesmith
Willow Shields
as Primrose Everdeen
Bruce Bundy
as Octavia
Paula Malcomson
as Katniss' Mother
Jack Quaid
as Marvel
Amber Chaney
as Avox Girl
Raiko Bowman
as Peeta's Mother
Phillip Troy Linger
as Katiniss' Father
Rhoda Griffis
as Registration Woman
Sandino Moya-Smith
as Propaganda Film Tribute
Sandino Moya
as Propaganda Film Tribute
Dwayne Boyd
as Peacekeeper #1
Anthony Reynolds
as Peacekeeper #2
Judd Derek Lormand
as Peacekeeper #3
Ian Nelson
as Tribute Boy District 3
Kalia Prescott
as Tribute Girl District 3
Ethan Jamieson
as Tribute Boy District 4
Mackenzie Lintz
as Tribute Girl District 8
Annie Thurman
as Tribute Girl District 9
Dakota Hood
as Tribute Girl District 10
Shane Bissell
as Birthday Boy
Katie Kneeland
as Hovercraft Tech
Steve Coulter
as Game Center Tech #1
Dr. Sharon Morris May
as Game Center Tech #2
Tim Taylor
as Game Center Tech #3
Jack Ross Sharp
as Game Center Tech #4
Leven Rambin
as Glimmer
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Critic Reviews for The Hunger Games

All Critics (285) | Top Critics (48)

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

June 17, 2013 | Full Review…

Even when two people are just talking calmly, Ross jerks the camera around. Why? As the sense of danger increases, he has nothing to build toward.

March 26, 2012 | Full Review…

Ross manages to keep the pacing remarkably swift, given that the games themselves don't start until halfway through the 144-minute running time.

March 23, 2012 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Like the select participants of its savage sport, The Hunger Games stands triumphant, if scarred and a bit wobbly from the contest.

March 22, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It features a functioning creative imagination and lots of honest-to-goodness acting by its star, Jennifer Lawrence, who brings her usual toughness and emotional transparency to the archer-heroine Katniss.

March 22, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Watching The Hunger Games, I was struck both by how slickly Ross hit his marks and how many opportunities he was missing to take the film to the next level -- to make it more shocking, lyrical, crazy, daring.

March 22, 2012 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Hunger Games


I haven't read the book so I can't compare to that. It's a well made film with a big production and talented cast. Tiny bit surprised at being a 12a rating, it's basically teenagers fighting to the death by killing each other off! Also a theme similar to many films, Running Man, Battle Royal, The Condemned. So not that original but decent enough to check it out.

Dean King
Dean King

Super Reviewer

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

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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

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