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The Hunger Games Reviews

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February 5, 2019
The Hunger Games is good, moves adroitly and holds our attention. It just doesn't fire the imagination the way its source material seems to have done for many readers.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 18, 2019
Lawrence is superb in her role.
January 14, 2019
What the film offers that the book does not are elements of the outside world that readers were not privy to when confined to Katniss' head.
January 3, 2019
The Hunger Games isn't a masterpiece. But it's finally given us a thoughtful action picture for the young and old alike.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 2, 2019
The Hunger Games is impressively cast, beautifully styled, dynamically shot and powerfully edited. However, the standout feature of the film has to be its all encompassing success as an adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 2, 2019
Ross' film has a defined universe of its own, populated with genuinely emotive, living characters and a tangible sense of despair and decay.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 8, 2018
It takes a while to get off the ground as they are setting up the story for the entire trilogy, but other than that, this movie is a well-acted, visually stunning film.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
November 2, 2018
It's as thrilling, captivating and immediate as the book, while streamlining the narrative and cast to fit the conventions of cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
October 25, 2018
Just to show you how dim Gary Ross is, he seems to think he had an "idea" about how to portray the poor oppressed people of District 12. He has them all dressed up like 1930s characters. Yup. That's his idea.
August 30, 2018
An edible product, but it leaves the spectator in need of a more satisfying meal.
August 23, 2018
Extravagant special effects are passed over to give the captivating characters the audience's full attention. Even the picture is often drained of colour, ensuring focus is placed on the people rather than the spectacle.
May 21, 2018
This is explicitly not a film about young love, or being torn between boyfriends...It's about being brave, and being alone, and having to grow up too soon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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+
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