'The Hunger Games' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   31 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   276 reviews
  • 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 » 3 years ago
  • 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 » 3 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 » 3 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 » 3 years ago
  • Clint O'Connor Cleveland Plain Dealer
    84
    Jennifer Lawrence's shining talent makes it all come together.
    Full Review » 3 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 » 3 years ago
  • Susan Granger SSG Syndicate
    90
    This tension-filled action-adventure delivers a pulse-pounding, pop culture message of female empowerment.
    Full Review » 3 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 » 3 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 » 3 years ago
  • Dennis Schwartz Ozus' World Movie Reviews
    59
    As if it were a survival reality TV show with a real pulse.
    Full Review » 3 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 » 3 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 » 3 years ago
  • Philip French Observer [UK]
    It's far too long and much inferior to the ferocious Japanese Battle Royale.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ed Whitfield The Ooh Tray
    Pulls its punches, content to be a glossy entertainment.
    Full Review » 3 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 » 3 years ago
  • Siobhan Synnot Scotsman
    60
    Does it really matter that this is not an entirely new idea? Nope.
    Full Review » 3 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 » 3 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 » 3 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 » 3 years ago
  • Mark Ramsey MovieJuice!
    84
    The Hunger Games features names that are like color palette rejects at the Dior counter.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Lori Hoffman Atlantic City Weekly
    75
    It is when the games begin that the potential and mythical quality of the characters is effectively conveyed despite a nagging feeling that Ross is holding back.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Matt Brunson Creative Loafing
    75
    Gary Ross has a minimalist style that enhanced dialogue-dependent and character-driven efforts like Seabiscuit and Pleasantville, and it's precisely why the first half works so well -- and why the second half needed a stronger presence behind the camera.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Diva Velez TheDivaReview.com
    60
    Maintains the novel's romance to satisfy faithful fans while supplying plenty of action to keep the whole audience entertained. I'll take The Hunger Games over the Twilight series any day, but it's still no Battle Royale.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joseph Proimakis Movies for the Masses
    40
    full review at Movies for the Masses
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Widgett Walls Needcoffee.com
    90
    There's a whole bunch of really nice subtle things that they do that they don't feel the need to Broadcast.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
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