'The Hunger Games' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   31 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   276 reviews
  • Robert Roten Laramie Movie Scope
    50
    It is better than any of the Twilight movies, which isn't saying much, but it isn't bad. It is just barely O.K. and it badly needed more Steadicams.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Margot Harrison Seven Days
    80
    It has the slightly grubby, cobbled-together look of a futuristic flick from the '70s, but that is part of its charm.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Sean Means Salt Lake Tribune
    63
    The battle that informs this adaptation is between the filmmakers' intent to create a moneymaking franchise... and the efforts of star Jennifer Lawrence to create a compelling movie.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • James Kendrick Q Network Film Desk
    75
    Jennifer Lawrence brings to the pulpy material a sense of weight and gravity that few young actresses could muster; she has a flinty strength that enhances, rather than belies, her soft features, and it makes Katniss a completely believable protagonist.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Tim Brayton Antagony & Ecstasy
    60
    The movie on its own terms is an entirely likable thriller, if a bit light on intelligence and personality.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Clint O'Connor Cleveland Plain Dealer
    84
    Jennifer Lawrence's shining talent makes it all come together.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Susan Granger SSG Syndicate
    90
    This tension-filled action-adventure delivers a pulse-pounding, pop culture message of female empowerment.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Martin Roberts Fan The Fire
    80
    Comparisons have been made to Battle Royale - and they're not entirely undeserved - but this is a different film, and never feels like a watered down version of anything else.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Chris Laverty Clothes on Film
    The film is aided immeasurably by Judianna Makovsky's costume design. Clothes are an intentional method of deciphering The Hunger Games' politics.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Dennis Schwartz Ozus' World Movie Reviews
    59
    As if it were a survival reality TV show with a real pulse.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Tim Martain The Mercury
    90
    Finally we have a female lead character who is strong without being brutal, appealing without being objectified, and confident without being female-chauvinistic.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Tony Macklin tonymacklin.net
    70
    The Hunger Games is much more than a game. It is a memorable human experience. Thank the gods for the wonder of literature and the vision of movies. Some of us still hunger for eloquence on the screen.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Kevin A. Ranson MovieCrypt.com
    75
    While the ending is a bit of a mess, the rest isn't terrible (and nobody sparkles in the sunlight).
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Ed Whitfield The Ooh Tray
    Pulls its punches, content to be a glossy entertainment.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Siobhan Synnot Scotsman
    60
    Does it really matter that this is not an entirely new idea? Nope.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Tom Clift Moviedex
    60
    Gary Ross' first foray into action filmmaking is occasionally hampered by wobbly camera-work, but is successful in the way it communicates the horror of violence without threatening the teen-friendly rating.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Alistair Harkness Scotsman
    60
    Lawrence lends Katniss the kind of gravitas that, initially at least, makes the film's bleak vision of the future seem credible.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jackie K. Cooper jackiekcooper.com
    50
    For those who have not read the book, this film is a movie without a cause.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Mark Ramsey MovieJuice!
    84
    The Hunger Games features names that are like color palette rejects at the Dior counter.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Philip French Observer [UK]
    It's far too long and much inferior to the ferocious Japanese Battle Royale.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Andrew L. Urban Urban Cinefile
    The cinematic visualisation of the upper class of Pinem - is painted with a surrealist brush that Salvador Dali might have dropped (but).. falls short of expectations, registering a low emotional score despite all that is at stake
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Matthew Razak Flixist.com
    84
    Any gripes that I have with it stem from the fact that it couldn't be four hours long and that it can't be in first person like the books.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Lisa Giles-Keddie Real.com
    60
    The positives to The Hunger Games are largely thanks to Lawrence in the lead.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Michelle Alexandria Eclipse Magazine
    17
    Gary Ross clearly does not have enough faith in the material or the world he created to simply let the audience enjoy the ride. The constant shaky cam, out of focus zooms and other unnecessary camera gimmicks literally made me sick.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Kelly Vance East Bay Express
    There's not a shred of cynicism anywhere in it.
    Full Review » 2 years ago