The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Reviews

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February 2, 2021
The cinematic world created in the first two movies is about to change in very dramatic ways and this movie prepares viewers for the revolution.
December 4, 2020
The entire picture is simply a glimpse of grander events to come and a set-up for pathos and an eventual, epic culmination.
September 11, 2020
It lacks the cohesive action and compelling spirit so evident in the first two films.
July 17, 2020
Since this is a 'Part 1 of 2,' it makes it difficult to address in a review. The problem with splitting a film into two pieces is you only get to see part of the whole.
July 16, 2020
Despite never reading the books, the greatest appeal about The Hunger Games franchise is that while it's aimed at a young teenage audience...there's enough material and context that makes it satisfying for adults.
July 7, 2020
While this can be entertaining to watch, and there are nice bits of spectacle level eye candy, including the destruction of a massive damn, the problem is that the film never becomes more than simply the first part in a larger saga.
June 26, 2020
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, the first part of the trilogy finale, is an impassive, mature, and sometimes dramatic sci-fi blockbuster. [Full review in Spanish]
January 9, 2020
The director and writers don't have to cram so many plot incidents from the dense source material into a regulation-sized movie, and so they are able to stretch out and focus on their greatest strength: Lawrence.
December 16, 2019
Enjoy Mockingjay - Part One for the function it serves to set up the finale, and let's look forward to Mockingjay - Part Two. I think a year from now, hindsight will prove that we were all satisfied with The Middle Middle Child.
December 14, 2019
Although solidly packaged with, for the most part, solid performances, Mockingjay Part 1 feels restrained. The exuberance and anticipatory excitement within both 'The Hunger Games' and 'Catching Fire' is missing here.
November 27, 2019
Without the hook of its titular games in the mix, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, plays like a rote dystopian thriller.
November 11, 2019
The Hunger Games films are worth revisiting; they're Y.A. dystopia done right, balancing fantastic and realistic elements well. They're also full of excellent performers.
September 12, 2019
Interesting for its drifting away from the formulaic model already established, yet it feels something like a misnomer of a film, more of an extended prologue to a finale rather an actual 'part' deserving of its own distinction.
September 4, 2019
Commanded with correction and some brilliance by Francis Lawrence; performed in the same terms by a cast that I will highlight Donald Sutherland and Julianne Moore. [Full Review in Spanish]
August 2, 2019
Director Francis Lawrence gets to the meat of what all The Hunger Games are about in Mockingjay part 1.
July 30, 2019
When absorbed into the series as a whole, this chapter supplies some of the most thought-provoking, sophisticated thematic content to ever find its way into so-called "young adult" science fiction.
July 5, 2019
As one film, Mockingjay could be much tighter and streamlined, but it feels drawn out and a little aimless.
May 30, 2019
The Hunger Games hasn't given birth to twins. Instead, it has stretched out the limbs of its concluding chapter to the point of cracking dislocation.
April 17, 2019
...ultimately Part One will go down as the film you sat through while you waited for the more exciting main event, the conclusion, due out this time next year.
April 3, 2019
Collins' revolutionary-lite rhetoric has become unravelled by the commercially driven decision to split the final novel into two films -- ultimately lessening the satirical bite and reverting to the gender archetypes it originally sought to challenge.
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