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The Hunger Games Reviews

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October 23, 2017
It's too derivative to feel really special... but it approached some of the material boldly enough to at least feel like an interesting view of familiar ground.
August 21, 2017
We've been telling this story for a while now in different forms and modes. . .But The Hunger Games, the books and now the film, have inspired a frenzy in the pre-teen set. I'm not exactly sure why.
November 16, 2015
It adds up to an intelligent, reasonably well-made first installment that leaves us primed for Katniss' future adventures.
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
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
November 25, 2013
Though not at all innovative or original, is at least a worthwhile action fantasy.
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
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+
June 17, 2013
The film shows precious little hunger and no sense of game.
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 4, 2013
An exhilarating debut from the bestselling series about teenagers engaged in a deadly bloodsport.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
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
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
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
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
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-
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
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