The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Reviews

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
April 9, 2015
It feels like Lionsgate are killing time rather than driving forward, so hopefully the long-term success of the franchise isn't harmed by a short-term money grab.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rebecca Cusey
The Federalist
March 30, 2015
Increasingly, in a world of ISIS, we know evil exists and is not going away. Maybe we need symbols to inspire us.
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
March 14, 2015
... Francis Lawrence... and screenwriters Peter Craig and Danny Strong turn out a surprisingly engaging film about rebellion, propaganda, media, and the emotional and psychological scars of war...
Leah Pickett
Consequence of Sound
January 8, 2015
Although well-acted, cleverly executed, and spiked with a couple of series-high moments, Mockingjay, Part 1 is not nearly as exciting as the films that preceded it
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
January 3, 2015
That Jennifer Lawrence and her co-stars can prop up what is essentially half an epic and have us say "more please" is testament to their talents and that of director Francis Lawrence
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
December 31, 2014
Delivers a decent preview of the big finish coming in the final chapter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
December 28, 2014
It shares some structural similarities with other penultimate franchise films ... [and] by necessity, will leave you less than satisfied when the credits roll.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
December 14, 2014
A solid lead-up to the finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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