The Hunger Games Reviews

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February 25, 2019
The Hunger Games is undeniably progressive in making its protagonist so plucky, independent, and self-actualizing a young woman.
June 17, 2013
The film shows precious little hunger and no sense of game.
April 14, 2012
[Ross'] version of The Hunger Games, while not perfect, is probably as magnificent I ever my wildest dreams could have hoped for it to be.
April 5, 2012
If you've never read Collins' novels, the odds that you'll enjoy the film are not in your favor.
March 30, 2012
Lawrence proved her ability to carry a character's heavy burden in Winter's Bone. As Katniss Everdeen, a teenage girl who is both physically and morally strong, she has gravitas, rarely breaking into a smile, but reveals no sign of self-seriousness.
March 29, 2012
A triumph of restraint - but had the film been more visceral and less sanitised it might have better implicated viewers in the voyeuristic bloodlust of its entertainment.
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
[Katniss is] perhaps the most engaging action-movie protagonist in recent years … Am I glad I saw The Hunger Games? Yes. But I'm not eager to see it again.
March 23, 2012
Lawrence is terrific, but the film is a sleek, competent example of a big-budget, sure-fire commercial hit without much soul or style.
March 23, 2012
The Hunger Games absolutely delivers for its target audience: younger teenagers. To them, it can be highly recommended.
March 22, 2012
The Hunger Games just about manages to remain within the family enclosure. Little blood is spilt, but seasoned action fiends will not feel themselves overly short-changed.
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
I know we're supposed to tut-tut about levels of cinematic violence, but this seems to me one of the rare occasions when the film needed to be bolder, and nastier.
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.
March 22, 2012
The Hunger Games is first and foremost an adventure/survival story, and director Ross keeps things moving with nary a moment of downtime.
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.
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