The Hunger Games Reviews

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July 31, 2019
Jennifer Lawrence is superb, with an unflinching gaze that's like a powerful alloy of fear and defiance.
July 29, 2019
A beautiful, deeply affecting, and riveting film with a heroine for the ages.
June 8, 2019
The odds are in its favor to please its hard-core devotees and newcomers alike.
February 25, 2019
The Hunger Games is undeniably progressive in making its protagonist so plucky, independent, and self-actualizing a young woman.
February 6, 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.
January 19, 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 4, 2019
The Hunger Games isn't a masterpiece. But it's finally given us a thoughtful action picture for the young and old alike.
January 3, 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.
January 3, 2019
Ross' film has a defined universe of its own, populated with genuinely emotive, living characters and a tangible sense of despair and decay.
November 9, 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.
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.
August 24, 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.
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.
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.
May 26, 2013
Lawrence makes Katniss a heroine every bit as strong, fearless and compelling as the patron saint of badass females, Lisbeth Salander.
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