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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Reviews

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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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Christy Lemire
ChristyLemire.com
November 23, 2014
It's an elaborate game of hurry-up-and-wait. And it's the most shameless example yet of splitting the final book in a hugely popular series into two film adaptations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
November 21, 2014
Might it have been better if they'd squeezed the whole book into one movie? Probably. Nonetheless, Mockingjay Part 1 is a fine entertainment, shot through with moments of surprising emotional impact.
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Matt Zoller Seitz
RogerEbert.com
November 21, 2014
Jennifer Lawrence's charisma and the the sly excellence of her supporting cast keep "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1" aloft.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Grantland
November 21, 2014
Mockingjay has more exposition than a TED Talk, more rubble than a decade of The Flintstones, and absolutely no nonmonetary reason to be Part 1 of anything. It isn't storytelling. It's a filibuster.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 21, 2014
As an actress, Lawrence has grown beyond this sort of thing, and the entire enterprise, directed by Francis Lawrence, feels like a massive placeholder for the grand finale.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 21, 2014
The effect of so many Oscar-calibre actors speaking the generic dialogue is like watching pro ballplayers play T-ball.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 21, 2014
"Mockingjay - Part 1," however well done, can't compete with the first two films, although it sets up what should be its stunning ending well enough.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 21, 2014
If Mockingjay - Part 1 is quieter and less flashy than its predecessors, that doesn't make it less satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
November 21, 2014
Once you accept that the splitting of Mockingjay is a business decision, not a dramatic imperative, Part 1 comes off as a curiously satisfying nonaction movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 20, 2014
This is as grim as PG-13 can get; the darkness is comparable to that of The Empire Strikes Back.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 20, 2014
Lawrence delivers on what dramatic beats half a novel affords him. You just wish there were more of them and that they provided a more complete, more satisfying story arc.
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November 20, 2014
Collins and the Lawrences have crossed the uncanny valley separating imagined dystopia from actual horrors, but they're also delivering a life lesson in cinema to teens: Things are stronger when they look real.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 20, 2014
OK, there's less action in Games this time, but what's there is prime. And the acting is aces.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
November 20, 2014
If it's more talky and less satisfying than its predecessor, the propulsive The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - largely because the conclusion won't come until next year with Part 2 - it's still a sporadically involving adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
November 20, 2014
The impressive supporting cast (which features Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Jeffrey Wright, and Woody Harrelson) keeps this highly watchable.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 20, 2014
There's enough here to at least keep fans of the series involved and eagerly awaiting the grand finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 20, 2014
"Mockingjay" is a rare bird in its genre, an action adventure with an interesting mind and a resonant spirit.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 20, 2014
Although it doesn't make a lick of sense as a stand-alone story, "Mockingjay - Part 1" is the first "Hunger Games" movie with meat on its bones.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 20, 2014
After its first two terrific installments, the newest edition of "The Hunger Games" left me hungry, like a feast that's stunningly prepared but flavorless and non-nutritious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
November 20, 2014
IMockingjay's placeholder status is a little too evident in its choppy, shapeless structure, this dark third chapter does have stretches of somber beauty.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 20, 2014
"Mockingjay Part 1" is streamlined, blunt and easy.
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
November 20, 2014
The stealth highlight of this franchise has always been the flavorful cultural satire, which takes center stage throughout much of Mockingjay's fleet runtime.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
November 20, 2014
"Mockingjay - Part 1" is a penultimate chapter without a real ending, but it's also a thrilling ride full of potent emotions, new characters and major twists of fate, built around another commanding star performance.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 20, 2014
You leave this well-acted, impeccably designed movie as you entered it: still waiting.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Amy Nicholson
L.A. Weekly
November 19, 2014
Turns out when Collins wrote Mockingjay in 2010, she was predicting not only America in two centuries but also the accidental, overnight Internet instafame just four years away.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 19, 2014
Mockingjay - Part 1 does get a mid-film lift when Katniss and Gale go up against Snow's air force with a few bows and arrows; the scene is ridiculous, and it works. But the rest is a muddy, underlit slog, a movie that searches in vain for its own pulse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
November 19, 2014
When the story finally does manage to get interesting toward the end, it just screeches to a halt and cuts off, leaving fans wriggling on the hook for a finale they won't get to see for another 12 months. That's not a cliff-hanger, that's just a tease.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
November 19, 2014
It's a joyless, surpassingly dour enterprise, but one that fulfills its mission with Katniss's own eagle-eyed efficiency and unsentimental somberness. "Mockingjay" sets up the end Game with a grim sense of purpose.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
November 19, 2014
Director Francis Lawrence does a nice job capturing the claustrophobic environment of District 13 and has a good eye for action shots. But the actors are what really sell the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
November 19, 2014
The least satisfying "Hunger Games" entry yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 19, 2014
As an adaptation of part of the third book by Suzanne Collins, it's easily the most political of the three films. It's also the most absorbing and best in the series.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lindsey Bahr
Associated Press
November 19, 2014
Mockingjay - Part 1 is a serviceable entry into the conclusion of Katniss's saga. It boasts some imaginative visuals, a few truly thrilling moments, and standout performances from Lawrence, Banks, Harrelson, and Hoffman, to whom the film is dedicated.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 19, 2014
A dull, claustrophobic, pallid-looking film about people looking into and talking at screens. When the end finally comes, it's from out of nowhere, except it's not really an ending, more like a work stoppage.
| Original Score: 1/4
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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
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 19, 2014
A dark, grim and exciting entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
November 19, 2014
In this chapter, Katniss Everdeen, the working-class rebel played by Jennifer Lawrence, mostly holsters her weapons and plays dress-up, just as the movie itself gives up any higher aspirations of offering social commentary or insight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 19, 2014
Even though Mockingjay contains scenes of mass graves and mass slaughter on the battlefield, this isn't a movie, or a set of characters, built on bloodlust or the enjoyment of anonymous kills.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 19, 2014
Thinly spreads a half-hour's worth of plot over two plodding hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 19, 2014
If you want drama, and action - and, most especially, Katniss in charge - well, buy another ticket, next year.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
November 19, 2014
There are moments when "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" takes flight, but overall this action-drama flits about, wondering where to land.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
November 17, 2014
Lawrence's instincts are so smart that she never goes even a shade overboard. She's a hell of an actress.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
November 13, 2014
The two-hour foot-soldier slog through Mockingjay Part 1 forces audiences into mostly wasteful waiting for something special to happen.
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
November 11, 2014
The politics of Mockingjay are as intensely gripping as the games in the earlier films -- and more deadly.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Justin Chang
Variety
November 10, 2014
The series' two-part finale gets under way in solid, absorbing if not exactly inspired fashion.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
November 10, 2014
Like an overgrown and bloated trailer for a film yet to come, Francis Lawrence's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 spreads perhaps 45 minutes of dramatic material across two far-too-leisurely hours.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
November 10, 2014
Still very much a Hunger Games movie, yes, but it calls to mind smart political comedies like Wag the Dog and Tanner '88 as well.