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

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Reviews

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September 7, 2017
The action audience may wish for less talking and more mayhem - but Mockingjay does enough as a transitional film, while getting us amped for what's to come.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 24, 2017
[Mockingjay] is a strong story featuring a strong heroine, both trying to make their way through the ugly world that produced it.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 14, 2017
We're still waiting for the second half of the story, and until we get to see the whole thing, the force of its impact is getting greatly diminished.
August 2, 2017
[Mockingjay Part 1] is quite good - if also the darkest and least accommodating in the series so far.
June 2, 2017
With Mockingjay Part 1, it's evolved into the rarest of breeds: a series that can carry sober and frightening messages about violence, gracefully and even beautifully.
April 12, 2017
This is certainly a film adults can get into. The explosions, propaganda techniques, and unrest are a reminder of a history not entirely out of reach; a world and society all too realistic. for many living today.
March 23, 2017
It expands its dystopian universe in a way that's both thrilling to its young target audience as well as developing the social and political problems facing Panem in a way that's rather satisfying.
June 21, 2016
Before the war come the debates, and this blockbuster has enough intelligence to adequately prepare its troops for battle.
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
June 7, 2016
It may be the franchise's third movie, but it plays like its 'Empire Strikes Back.'
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.
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
January 2, 2016
This is the darkest and edgiest of the three Hunger Games movies, and the most satisfying.
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.
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
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
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.
August 21, 2015
I appreciated its more downbeat intellectual grasp of how wars can be fought through film and media.
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
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