'The Hunger Games' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   31 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   276 reviews
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    63
    "The Hunger Games" may be derivative, but it is engrossing and at times exciting.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    75
    [It] arrives in theatres ... not only intact, but in command of the essentials of storytelling and characterization. The film deserves the massive success it will surely enjoy.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Laremy Legel Film.com (Top Critic)
    67
    Measured against its downright subversive subtext, you have to come away impressed by the level of achievement.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    88
    A film that transforms a popular work of teen fiction not just by faithfully exploring its themes but, more important, by proving those themes have a very grown-up resonance.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Andrew O'Hehir Salon.com (Top Critic)
    "The Hunger Games" never really holds together or makes any sense, except as an elementary fairy tale about a young girl's coming of age and an incipient romantic triangle (which is the focus of the film, far more than the book).
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Dana Stevens Slate (Top Critic)
    Director Gary Ross' adaptation, co-scripted by Collins herself, isn't quite as crackingly paced as the novel, but it will more than satisfy existing fans of the trilogy and likely create many new ones.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    75
    Fans will be delighted. Non-fans should give this movie a chance.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Hunger Games has such a strong narrative structure, built-in forward movement and compelling central character that it can't go far wrong.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Christy Lemire Associated Press (Top Critic)
    75
    "The Hunger Games" runs nearly two and a half hours in length but is the rare film that never drags and doesn't overstay its welcome. It could keep running as long as Katniss does, and we'd want to be right there every heart-pounding step of the way.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Richard Corliss TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    Can The Hunger Games, in the movie version directed by Gary Ross, successfully navigate the crossing from page to screen? Our answer: Eh.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Travers Rolling Stone (Top Critic)
    88
    The Hunger Games has epic spectacle, yearning romance, suspense that won't quit and a shining star in Jennifer Lawrence.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Richard Roeper Richard Roeper.com (Top Critic)
    80
    Well-paced, well-directed and extremely well acted entertainment.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    70
    If, as the ads suggest, the whole world will be watching this, viewers will likely be satisfied with what they see.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tom Glasson Concrete Playground
    70
    An exhilarating debut from the bestselling series about teenagers engaged in a deadly bloodsport.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Tracie Cooper TV Guide's Movie Guide
    88
    The supporting cast is excellent (most notably Stanley Tucci as flamboyant television host Caesar Flickerman, and Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy, Katniss and Peeta's troubled mentor).
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Kirk Baird Toledo Blade
    80
    Given the recent failure of so many big-budget films, the odds weren't in The Hunger Games favor, either. Thankfully, Hollywood got this one right.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Ben Kendrick ScreenRant
    80
    Some plot threads are underserved but The Hunger Games is a fascinating and disturbing character drama that successfully captures the core themes of the book.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jeff Beck Examiner.com
    75
    Sure this entry is a ripoff of "Battle Royale," but it's still an entertaining ride with great casting that will more than likely please fans of the book and those who've never even heard of it.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Kristal Cooper We Got This Covered
    80
    Despite a few minor problems, The Hunger Games proves to be a promising start to what will no doubt become the next beloved Hollywood mega-series.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Matt Looker TheShiznit.co.uk
    60
    While the 12A rating renders any serious violence a tad impotent, there is much more going on here than the fawning and frowning of its soppy vampire peer.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Erick Weber NECN
    34
    A retread of a tale that's The Running Man meets Lord of the Flies with a dash of Twilight for tween-adoring measure.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • William Bibbiani CraveOnline
    65
    I never thought I'd describe a film by Pleasantville and Seabiscuit director Gary Ross as 'whackadoodle,' but if the shoe fits.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • R. L. Shaffer IGN DVD
    80
    The Hunger Games may be a flawed beast, to be sure, but there's plenty of subtext to glean from the narrative, and a slew of wonderfully rich characters worth investing in.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Richard Knight Knight at the Movies
    While a great ride of a movie, it is also one wrapped around an oddly disquieting message.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jeffrey Lyles Lyles' Movie Files
    95
    The first genuine can't miss film of the year that you'll want to go back to the theater to see over and over again.
    Full Review » 2 years ago