The Hunger Games Reviews

  • Pertinent to the times, the year's first blockbuster is a grand, beautiful film.

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • This Hunger Games is a muscular, honorable, unflinching translation of Collins' vision. It's brutal where it needs to be, particularly when children fight and bleed.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • Again and again Katniss rescues herself with resourcefulness, guts and true aim, a combination that makes her insistently watchable, despite Mr. Ross's soft touch and Ms. Lawrence's bland performance.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • Like the select participants of its savage sport, The Hunger Games stands triumphant, if scarred and a bit wobbly from the contest.

    Scott Bowles — USA Today

  • If the series's legions of fans miss a detail here or a sub-plot there, they'll still recognize its bones and sinew, especially in Jennifer Lawrence's eagle-eyed heroine Katniss Everdeen.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • Like the book, "The Hunger Games'' doesn't end so much as open the door to the next installment; it's frustrating, but you'll probably feel you've gotten your money's worth.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Like the pacing of the novel, the film, even at almost two and a half hours, moves briskly, continuously drawing us in.

    Melissa Anderson — Village Voice

  • As tough-spirited as fans would hope for - and exciting and thought-provoking in a way few adventure dramas ever are.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • The first book of Suzanne Collins's prodigiously popular trilogy has been brought to the screen with a Jumbotron sensibility, a shaky camera to emphasize the action and a shakier grip on the subject's emotional core.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Ross moves between action and human drama with nimble awareness of the weight of the issues coursing through the story of fascism, propaganda, and, yes, adolescence under the weight of the world.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • ADD auds won't mind that there's no time to get to know anybody, or watch a relationship unfold, or ride the dramatic rise and swell of a compelling narrative.

    Kathleen Murphy — MSN Movies

  • Even when two people are just talking calmly, Ross jerks the camera around. Why? As the sense of danger increases, he has nothing to build toward.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • The Hunger Games is an effective entertainment, and Jennifer Lawrence is strong and convincing in the central role.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • The games have begun, and so far they're pretty gripping.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Director Gary Ross generally avoids the elaborate exterior shots and special effects that dominate high-concept blockbusters.

    Ben Sachs — Chicago Reader

  • [It] smells very much like a movie with money on its mind - not altogether successfully balancing its loftier ideas with a sense of superficial whimsy and Vegas-meets-Wizard of Oz production design.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Viewers who like a side order of political allegory with their science fiction will find much to savor here. So will romantics, fans of feminist heroines and action enthusiasts. "The Hunger Games" is that rare creation, an event movie of real significance

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Efficient if not electric, "The Hunger Games" is still epic in intent.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Lawrence is a tremendous talent, and she is what makes "The Hunger Games" ultimately worth spending time with. She doesn't elevate the film to the heights to which one might have wanted, but she takes it a lot higher than it would have otherwise risen.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • This futuristic tale of teenage violence is so not my kind of movie that I approached it grudgingly, so imagine my surprise when I ended up being totally exhilarated and enjoying it immensely.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

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