The Hunger Games - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

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.
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
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
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 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
August 20, 2012
The Hunger Games may be a flawed beast, to be sure, but there's plenty of subtext to glean from the narrative, and a slew of wonderfully rich characters worth investing in.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
July 15, 2012
While a great ride of a movie, it is also one wrapped around an oddly disquieting message.
May 22, 2012
The first genuine can't miss film of the year that you'll want to go back to the theater to see over and over again.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.5/10
April 30, 2012
The Hunger Games stomps the Twilight saga flat, and though I found those films somewhat amusing, this one is the real deal...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 27, 2012
... Does a more-than-adequate job of introducing a future world and characters I won't mind revisiting. And it gives you a little to think about while you're waiting.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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