The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Reviews

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October 18, 2018
The meat of this franchise seems more in line with Edward Bernays than any fantasy or sci-fi author. This latest edition takes public relations to its bloodiest extreme.
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.
June 7, 2016
It may be the franchise's third movie, but it plays like its 'Empire Strikes Back.'
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.
December 14, 2014
A solid lead-up to the finale.
November 26, 2014
In the excitable world of dystopian fantasy, the series remains the best of the bunch.
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
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
The penultimate episode in the franchise feels like the mighty inhale that precedes a noisy, explosive sneeze. We must wait another year for release.
November 23, 2014
A spiky media satire about the making and marketing of a revolution that most definitely will be televised.
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.
November 21, 2014
Lawrence never lets the oversized settings swamp his talented performers.
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.
November 21, 2014
Jennifer Lawrence's charisma and the the sly excellence of her supporting cast keep "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1" aloft.
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.
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.
November 21, 2014
The effect of so many Oscar-calibre actors speaking the generic dialogue is like watching pro ballplayers play T-ball.
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.
November 21, 2014
If Mockingjay - Part 1 is quieter and less flashy than its predecessors, that doesn't make it less satisfying.
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.
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