The Hunger Games Reviews

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November 2, 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 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.
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.
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?
June 17, 2013
The film shows precious little hunger and no sense of game.
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.
May 2, 2012
Katniss embodies all that's better than her Hunger Games opponents, being aptly appalled at what she sees while also learning to manipulate her audience.
April 13, 2012
For those unacquainted with the novel, it's a narratively unsatisfying - not to mention visually static - affair, regardless of how much Jennifer Lawrence holds her own.
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."
April 5, 2012
If you've never read Collins' novels, the odds that you'll enjoy the film are not in your favor.
March 29, 2012
A cheap looking, drab film.
March 28, 2012
The battle that informs this adaptation is between the filmmakers' intent to create a moneymaking franchise... and the efforts of star Jennifer Lawrence to create a compelling movie.
March 26, 2012
Even when two people are just talking calmly, Ross jerks the camera around. Why? As the sense of danger increases, he has nothing to build toward.
March 25, 2012
For those who have not read the book, this film is a movie without a cause.
March 25, 2012
It's far too long and much inferior to the ferocious Japanese Battle Royale.
March 25, 2012
Pulls its punches, content to be a glossy entertainment.
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 24, 2012
Gary Ross clearly does not have enough faith in the material or the world he created to simply let the audience enjoy the ride. The constant shaky cam, out of focus zooms and other unnecessary camera gimmicks literally made me sick.
March 24, 2012
full review at Movies for the Masses
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