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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Reviews

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Jesse Hassenger
Brooklyn Magazine
July 8, 2016
At its best, this half-Mockingjay details a kind of unhealthy propaganda therapy as Katniss and Peeta head toward their inevitable reunion. But it's not really enough to sustain a satisfying two-hour feature.
Mark Jackson
Epoch Times
June 13, 2016
Considering the 'Hunger Games'' teen demographic, a somber, dark, political drama/grimy-bunker flick would seem guaranteed to adversely affect the holy Hollywood bottom line.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Bailey
Flavorwire
June 7, 2016
It may be the franchise's third movie, but it plays like its 'Empire Strikes Back.'
Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post
May 11, 2016
It's still highly watchable, mainly because of the cast and the pawn-or-plotter dilemma that thrusts itself into Katniss's anxious existence. But.. it's hard not to feel that the material has been spread out too thin.
J. Olson
Cinemixtape
April 12, 2016
Half a story stretched far too thin with a cast that has neither reason nor opportunity to stretch themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nathan Bartlebaugh
The Film Stage
February 25, 2016
Even when it's lacking in atmosphere and texture, Mockingjay still captivates thanks to the momentum it's constantly building.
Full Review | Original Score: B
David Blaustein
ABC News Radio
January 2, 2016
This is the darkest and edgiest of the three Hunger Games movies, and the most satisfying.
Kristian M. Lin
Fort Worth Weekly
November 16, 2015
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.
November 16, 2015
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.
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
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 | Original Score: 5/10
Susan G. Cole
NOW Toronto
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Dent
Daily Telegraph (Australia)
November 16, 2015
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Ben Skipper
International Business Times
November 16, 2015
Mockingjay Part 1 is a thoughtful, smart blockbuster of weight sure to challenge its younger target audience and entertain grown-ups too.
Josh Terry
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
November 16, 2015
When your protagonist is watching the third act of your movie play out on a TV monitor, you should know you have a problem.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mel Campbell
Junkee
November 9, 2015
Mockingjay Part 1's biggest problem is that it really feels like half a movie.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
August 21, 2015
I appreciated its more downbeat intellectual grasp of how wars can be fought through film and media.
Sean Burns
Spliced Personality
June 9, 2015
A very odd film that ends as abruptly as it begins, so I guess we must all tune in next year to find out if it actually amounts to anything. This is just how big movies work now.
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
May 1, 2015
A franchise inches toward its conclusion
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
April 13, 2015
It may not have the visual panache of the first two films, but it makes up for it with a thrilling series of events that set us up nicely for the final film in the franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Widgett Walls
Needcoffee.com
April 10, 2015
They didn't go full Hobbit on us, but [Mockingjay] should have been one film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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