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The Hunger Games Reviews

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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.
March 20, 2012
[Lawrence's] performance and the lead character almost make up for watching a 12-year old girl take a spear through the heart and die. But not quite.
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.
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+
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-
March 25, 2012
Pulls its punches, content to be a glossy entertainment.
March 22, 2012
The first book of Suzanne Collins's prodigiously popular trilogy has been brought to the screen with a Jumbotron sensibility, a shaky camera to emphasize the action and a shakier grip on the subject's emotional core.
April 13, 2012
What works on the page may not translate to the screen. That's always been the challenge of bringing a writer's vision to the movies. It all comes back to "suspension of disbelief."
Full Review | Original Score: C-
March 20, 2012
ADD auds won't mind that there's no time to get to know anybody, or watch a relationship unfold, or ride the dramatic rise and swell of a compelling narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 29, 2012
A cheap looking, drab film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.25/5
March 24, 2012
The cinematic visualisation of the upper class of Pinem - is painted with a surrealist brush that Salvador Dali might have dropped (but).. falls short of expectations, registering a low emotional score despite all that is at stake
March 21, 2012
One of the problems, I think, is that given that the books were aimed at young women, I think the filmmakers have been terrified at making anything too violent.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
March 21, 2012
A lot has been lost in the translation, which is a shame because there is the potential there for this intrepid young woman and Jennifer Lawrence has an amazing screen presence.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
March 22, 2012
Lawrence and the character she plays are excellent. But the movie's story is told poorly, too slowly and with little momentum
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 23, 2012
The Hunger Games lacks a compelling raison d'Ítre -- it's not much of a class critique, and even less successful as an inter-generational study of how the young struggle against the old.
March 22, 2012
Director Muddles Games.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4.0
March 20, 2012
[VIDEO] Everything about "The Hunger Games" is a rehash. If not for Jennifer Lawrence's ever-commanding performance, there would be no redeeming value for a movie that goes on two-and-a-half hours too long.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
March 22, 2012
So terrible it might, with antiquity, become a camp masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
March 20, 2012
Fatally emasculated by the need to appease young fans. The premise alone carries it so far, but cinematically speaking, it's a non-event.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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