The Hunger Games Reviews

Page 1 of 3
June 17, 2013
The film shows precious little hunger and no sense of game.
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 23, 2012
Ross manages to keep the pacing remarkably swift, given that the games themselves don't start until halfway through the 144-minute running time.
March 23, 2012
The Hunger Games absolutely delivers for its target audience: younger teenagers. To them, it can be highly recommended.
March 22, 2012
Like the select participants of its savage sport, The Hunger Games stands triumphant, if scarred and a bit wobbly from the contest.
March 22, 2012
It features a functioning creative imagination and lots of honest-to-goodness acting by its star, Jennifer Lawrence, who brings her usual toughness and emotional transparency to the archer-heroine Katniss.
March 22, 2012
Watching The Hunger Games, I was struck both by how slickly Ross hit his marks and how many opportunities he was missing to take the film to the next level -- to make it more shocking, lyrical, crazy, daring.
Top Critic
March 22, 2012
The Hunger Games' pacing is brisk, its stakes as high as stakes get, and its leading lady engaging enough that the odds - at the box office at least - will be ever in its favor.
March 22, 2012
The movie is undeniably a rich fantasy adventure, with plenty of narrative wiggle-room for the two books/movies to follow.
March 22, 2012
Measured against its downright subversive subtext, you have to come away impressed by the level of achievement.
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.
March 22, 2012
Well-paced, well-directed and extremely well acted entertainment.
March 22, 2012
Director Gary Ross' adaptation, co-scripted by Collins herself, isn't quite as crackingly paced as the novel, but it will more than satisfy existing fans of the trilogy and likely create many new ones.
March 22, 2012
Director Gary Ross generally avoids the elaborate exterior shots and special effects that dominate high-concept blockbusters.
March 22, 2012
The Hunger Games is a very enjoyable futurist adventure, presented with a compelling, beady-eyed intensity.
March 22, 2012
It's a streamlined fable with enough zing to keep the franchise flying until the next round.
March 22, 2012
Again and again Katniss rescues herself with resourcefulness, guts and true aim, a combination that makes her insistently watchable, despite Mr. Ross's soft touch and Ms. Lawrence's bland performance.
March 22, 2012
Ross moves between action and human drama with nimble awareness of the weight of the issues coursing through the story of fascism, propaganda, and, yes, adolescence under the weight of the world.
March 22, 2012
[It] smells very much like a movie with money on its mind - not altogether successfully balancing its loftier ideas with a sense of superficial whimsy and Vegas-meets-Wizard of Oz production design.
March 22, 2012
It carefully walks a difficult line: How do you tell an essentially violent story without glorifying that violence?
Page 1 of 3