The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Reviews

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December 27, 2014
This half-a-novel adaptation bides its time and, in doing so, diminishes its heroine.
December 12, 2014
To borrow the term from a friend, this latest instalment in the Hunger Games series is suffering from "part-one-itis."
December 4, 2014
unnecessary symbolism, quick pacing, and perceived wit were given priority, leaving us with forced banter instead of focused emotional resonance
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.
December 2, 2014
a whole lot of set-up for what we imagine will be payoff in Part 2, which doesn't necessarily make it any easier to slog through
November 29, 2014
So much of this one feels disposable in the grand scheme of things.
November 27, 2014
The film's commitment to market concerns over storytelling ones is vividly obvious throughout all of its aimless, airless minutes.
November 26, 2014
Every so often there's a sign of the old Katniss - a hint of anger, a moment of resolve - but mostly she spends the movie with a very bad case of the blahs.
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.
November 25, 2014
The converted will be satisfied, or at least show up to the theater in obeisant force. Money will be made and anticipation stoked for next year's blowout finale. It's a circle-vicious to some, a religion to others-with no end in sight.
November 23, 2014
This uneventful installment basically treads water while functioning as a setup for the upcoming dramatic conclusion
November 23, 2014
Weak source material split into two films for no creative advantage only results in a disappointing artistic decision ruled by financial greed. The film anti-climatically makes us wait and leaves us asking: "For what?"
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.
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.
November 23, 2014
Dark and too often tedious.
November 22, 2014
Enjoy counting the cash, Lionsgate.
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.
November 22, 2014
Besides being padded with scenes that go on too long and drive home the same story beat that's already been established, Mockingjay - Part 1 is just plain dull. There's only one major plot revelation in the entire movie, and it's obvious from the outset.
November 22, 2014
The movie is leaden and uneventful, clearly marking time for Part 2 to deliver the big action set pieces and the dramatic consequences of Katniss' choices.
November 22, 2014
Spends an inordinate amount of time teaching Katniss the importance of propaganda. Really? If I wanted to learn about propaganda film-making I'd watch a documentary on Leni Riefenstahl
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