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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014)



Critic Consensus: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 sets up the franchise finale with a penultimate chapter loaded with solid performances and smart political subtext, though it comes up short on the action front.

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The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Danny Strong and Peter Craig and produced by Nina Jacobson's Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the third in a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins that has over 65 million copies in print in the U.S. alone. (c) Lionsgatemore
Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images and thematic material)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Danny Strong, Peter Craig
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 6, 2015
Box Office: $337.1M
Lionsgate Films - Official Site


Jennifer Lawrence
as Katniss Everdeen
Liam Hemsworth
as Gale Hawthorne
Josh Hutcherson
as Peeta Mellark
Julianne Moore
as President Alma Coin
Sam Claflin
as Finnick
Donald Sutherland
as President Snow
Woody Harrelson
as Haymitch Abernathy
Lily Rabe
as Commander Lyme
Elizabeth Banks
as Effie Trinket
Philip Seymour Hoffm...
as Plutarch Heavensbee
Stanley Tucci
as Caesar Flickerman
Jena Malone
as Johanna Mason
Willow Shields
as Primrose Everdeen
Paula Malcomson
as Katniss' Mother
Evan Ross
as Messalla
Stef Dawson
as Annie Cresta
Patina Miller
as Commander Paylor
Caitlin Fowler
as D8 Another Patient
Jada Taylor
as D8 Female Patient
Nicholas Pryor
as D8 Male Patient
Donna Biscoe
as D8 Old Woman
Erika Bierman
as Snow's Granddaughter
Jenique Bennett
as Rescue Hovercraft Pi...
Rus Blackwell
as D13 Systems Operator
Stevie Ray Dallimore
as D13 Systems Operator...
Breann Couch
as D13 Systems Operator...
Jordan Woods-Robinso...
as Snow's Stylist #1
Jackson Mizell
as Bunker Door Security
Rus Blackwell
as D13 Systems Operator
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Critic Reviews for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

All Critics (245) | Top Critics (45)

Everyone is already on board with this saga or they're not, and this movie won't change anybody's minds. Since I'm one of the people who's on board, I'll be sticking around to see what the filmmakers do with the series' end.

Full Review… | November 16, 2015
Fort Worth Weekly

Mockingjay, Part 1 might be the least of the films so far, but in dissecting the typical blockbuster film, it's staying true to that spirit.

Full Review… | November 16, 2015

The Hunger Games movies have hit that emotional note, pitting Peeta against Gale, distracting Katniss with young-adultish emotional havoc. Whether it distracts you is the question.

Full Review… | November 16, 2015

It's Lawrence who drives this thing, and she's riveting. She's the one who carries the pic's emotional weight, expertly conveying Katniss's maturity and growing resolve.

Full Review… | November 16, 2015
NOW Toronto

Thank heavens, then, for Lawrence. Even though the storyline lacks conviction, she has the passionate intensity of the kind of leader you might just be willing to follow into one more film.

Full Review… | November 16, 2015
Daily Telegraph (Australia)

Mockingjay Part 1 is a thoughtful, smart blockbuster of weight sure to challenge its younger target audience and entertain grown-ups too.

Full Review… | November 16, 2015
International Business Times

Audience Reviews for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

Considering the pace of the first two films, you would like think that this third instalment would at least try to keep up, but it sadly falls short in almost every regard. Jennifer Lawrence plays the character of Katniss perfectly once again, and the entire cast around her do their very best, but splitting this book into two films was a very obvious mistake, seeing as there are no real stakes here, until the very end, but then you have to wait for the resolution. If they wanted to make this film three hours to get the point across, I would be totally okay with that, but there is a bit too much plot for it's own good. More of a political thriller than a hunger games film, "The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay - Part 1" feels like the epitome of a cash grab. It is not a bad film in any way, it just feels like an unfinished one, and that is what bothers me. It is a very well-written film for what it is, and there are a few very intense and shocking moments, but they do not make up for the padded out story. I am both extremely excited and scared for the finale, because there is a lot set up in this film and I am not quite sure if they can pull off this conclusion in a two hour film. Overall, It is a well-made set-up but nothing more. I wish it had the same level of depth that the first two films had. I would say that this instalment is a disappointment, but I kind of got exactly what I expected. "The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay - Part 1" did not sit with me the way I wished it had. It is definitely worth a watch to see where the story is headed, but it does not screaming multiple-viewings like the first two. Entertaining, well-made, but ultimately unsatisfying.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

An average, slightly disappointing and too grim follow-up to the first two riveting 'Hunger Games' films about the expansion of Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) into a public relations figure for the rebels, and how The Capital led by a corrupt rule (Donald Sutherland) looks to squash whatever progress they make. The acting as always is top-notch, but the decision in where this film goes with the plot just is not as interesting as compared to the previous films. We have seen many movies before deal with the subject of public relations before, and in a much more convincing, better way than this movie, including in the first two films. Once the film leaves this part of the plot behind it gets more interesting, but ultimately I can't give this movie a recommendation because of how bogged down it gets because of this direction it takes in its first half of duration.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

The film isn't by any means "bad", but there just doesn't feel like there was nearly enough content to really fill a 2 hour film. It's almost like the final 2 parts were shot and they were like "Don't bother editing it, we need all the footage we can get!"

That being said, the film's pacing is always slow. Everything has too much time to breathe and there's a constant atmosphere of heavy drama even through the most basic of scenes.

It works as a 1 hour standalone film, but a 2 hour teaser for the finale? Not so much. I enjoyed the story and her navigation through propaganda/politics but ugh, there's just so much they could've done to keep the viewer from falling asleep. Throw in some scenes with Peeta's POV or elaborate on the scene where she shoots down a bomber with a bow an arrow, just something!

Drake Tsui
Drake Tsui

Super Reviewer

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