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

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Reviews

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J. Olson
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
Mel Campbell
November 9, 2015
Mockingjay Part 1's biggest problem is that it really feels like half a movie.
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Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader
November 19, 2014
For a film about the power of media to sway humanity in a desired direction, it's awfully leaden.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Andy Crump
Paste Magazine
December 4, 2014
It's a prologue without an epilogue, an introduction without a conclusion, 120 minutes of setup without a proper climax. In other words, it's a drag.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.3/10
Thomas Derwin
FILMINK (Australia)
November 20, 2014
Where Catching Fire seemed fresh and fun, Mockingjay gets stuck in a cycle of titillation, suggesting more than it's willing to offer, as it introduces big ideas before cautiously reverting back to a repetitive cycle of tired teen tropes.
Adi Robertson
The Verge
November 21, 2014
It's hard to make a good blockbuster about a hero being virtually useless.
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
Jeff Baker
November 20, 2014
Jennifer Lawrence is stuck in a crowded bunker for two hours, waiting for the action to start. That's how you'll feel watching this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Mara Reinstein
Us Weekly
November 17, 2014
What do you get when you greedily split a book in two? Long-winded filler with only pockets of tense action. Or, in Hunger Games terms: all smoke, no Girl on Fire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tomris Laffly
Movie Mezzanine
November 21, 2014
To say Lawrence is a terrific actress wouldn't even scratch the surface, as she deserves high praise for somehow making an uninteresting Part 1 watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
November 22, 2014
There's no worry about spoilers, because there's nothing to spoil. If anything, it's the movie that's spoiled from too much padding.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground
November 20, 2014
The Girl On Fire has gone up in smoke.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Serba
November 20, 2014
More often than not, Lawrence stands with jaw slack and brow scrunched, staring ahead to a murky future, one that won't be resolved until, oh, about this time next year.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chase Whale
Central Track
November 20, 2014
The major handicap of Mockingjay - Part 1 is that just that -- part one of two films made from one book.
Chris Sawin
November 21, 2014
Just like Catching Fire, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I is one long and boring journey leading to one surprising moment that isn't worth the two hours it takes to get to its destination.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
November 22, 2014
Enjoy counting the cash, Lionsgate.
Burl Burlingame
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
November 23, 2014
A ridiculous, bloated, stumbling Baron Harkonnen of a movie; depressing, dull and flatulent with wasted angst. It don't got no bounce.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
December 12, 2014
To borrow the term from a friend, this latest instalment in the Hunger Games series is suffering from "part-one-itis."
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
November 19, 2014
Dull, dark and relentlessly glum.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Meyers
Orlando Weekly
November 25, 2014
The film is dour and lumbering, with only a handful of rousing scenes to justify the blatantly financial choice to split the novel into two films.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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