“The Ultimate Movie Review!”
“Overall Not A Bad Film But...”
“A Rude, Dirty, Rushed Gem That Despite Its Faults Increases The Possibilities Of What A Film Of Its Kind Should Be.”
“"The Hunger Games Is A Must See."”
“A Commentary Adapted To A Fantastic Vision.”
“"May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor" Lady Give Me Something Better To Rely On”
“May The Odds Ever Be In Your Favor”
“Great Movie! Loved It!”
“With Amazing Performances, Great Pacing And Action Sequences. The Wonderful Book Gets The Treatment It Deserves But Lacks In Some Major Areas. But In The End Hunger Games Proves Itself Worthy In This Strictly 'PG13' Adaptation”
“Hungry Hungry Hippos”
“A Filling Morsel...”
“I Didn't Read The Book & Still Loved This Movie.”
“The Odds Are Ever In Your Favor You'll Like This -- Not So Much If You're A Reader Of The Novel!”
“While This Film Version May Not Be As Fantastic As The Book It Still Makes Its Move As The First Blockbuster Epic Of 2012. Sorry "John Carter", You Just Didn't Make The Cut That Disney Was Praying For.”
“The Hunger Games Proves To Be A Satisfying Start To The Summer Season.”
“The Odd Are Truly In Our Favor As Lionsgate Delivers A Suspenseful, Tearful, And Above All Exciting Film About Teenage Slaughter.”
“It's A Kill, Or Be Killed Game Of Life Or Death Survival With Teens Pitted Against Each Other While The Whole World Watches For Entertainment.”
“One Big Thumbs Up! Haymitch Style!”
“The Whole World Will Be Watching, And My Guess Is They'll Be Happy.”
“An Honest Effort To Adapt Some Very Risque Material That Doesn't Quite Live Up To The Hype.”
“The Hunger Games Aims Straight, But Misses Slightly”
“"Only I Keep Wishing I Could Think Of A Way To...to Show The Capitol They Don't Own Me. That I'm More Than Just A Piece In Their Games"”
“A By-The-Book Movie That Lacks Vision”
“Pertinent To The Times, The Year's First Blockbuster Is A Grand, Beautiful Film.”
“Gary Ross Does A Great Job With This Multi-layered Adaptation, Which Doesn't Drag One Single Bit And Will Have Even Die-hard Fans Of The Book On The Edge Of Their Seats, Even When They Know Exactly What Will Happen Next.”
“RED CARPET REVIEW : The Whole World Will Be Watching..."Battle Royale For The Next Generation!" But Still Its Own Unique, Faithful Emotional Tour-de-force... THE FIRST BLOCKBUSTER OF 2012 ARRIVES!!!”
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
The Hunger Games is a very enjoyable futurist adventure, presented with a compelling, beady-eyed intensity.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
The Hunger Games is that rarest of beasts: a Hollywood action blockbuster that is smart, taut and knotty.
Xan Brooks - Guardian [UK]
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
Gary Ross, who directed "Seabiscuit," manages to get this nag out of the starting gate and across the finish line with no major blunders, but without much in the way of inspiration, either.
Roger Moore - Dallas Morning News
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
Watching The Hunger Games, I was struck both by how slickly Ross hit his marks and how many opportunities he was missing to take the film to the next level -- to make it more shocking, lyrical, crazy, daring.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
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
What viewers are left with is a watchable enough picture that feels content to realize someone else's vision rather than claim it as its own.
Justin Chang - Variety
"The Hunger Games" may be derivative, but it is engrossing and at times exciting.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
[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.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Measured against its downright subversive subtext, you have to come away impressed by the level of achievement.
Laremy Legel - Film.com
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.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
"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).
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
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.
Dana Stevens - Slate
Fans will be delighted. Non-fans should give this movie a chance.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Hunger Games has such a strong narrative structure, built-in forward movement and compelling central character that it can't go far wrong.
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
"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.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
Can The Hunger Games, in the movie version directed by Gary Ross, successfully navigate the crossing from page to screen? Our answer: Eh.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
The Hunger Games has epic spectacle, yearning romance, suspense that won't quit and a shining star in Jennifer Lawrence.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Well-paced, well-directed and extremely well acted entertainment.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
If, as the ads suggest, the whole world will be watching this, viewers will likely be satisfied with what they see.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
An exhilarating debut from the bestselling series about teenagers engaged in a deadly bloodsport.
Tom Glasson - Concrete Playground
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.
Kirk Baird - Toledo Blade
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).
Tracie Cooper - TV Guide's Movie Guide
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.
Ben Kendrick - ScreenRant
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.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
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.
Kristal Cooper - We Got This Covered
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.
Matt Looker - TheShiznit.co.uk
A retread of a tale that's The Running Man meets Lord of the Flies with a dash of Twilight for tween-adoring measure.
Erick Weber - NECN
I never thought I'd describe a film by Pleasantville and Seabiscuit director Gary Ross as 'whackadoodle,' but if the shoe fits.
William Bibbiani - CraveOnline
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.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
While a great ride of a movie, it is also one wrapped around an oddly disquieting message.
Richard Knight - Knight at the Movies
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.
Jeffrey Lyles - Lyles' Movie Files
Katniss embodies all that's better than her Hunger Games opponents, being aptly appalled at what she sees while also learning to manipulate her audience.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
The Hunger Games stomps the Twilight saga flat, and though I found those films somewhat amusing, this one is the real deal...
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
... Does a more-than-adequate job of introducing a future world and characters I won't mind revisiting. And it gives you a little to think about while you're waiting.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
A blockbuster that has something to say about the world we could be living in. Unlike Twilight, this film actually has a deeper and more important philosophical meaning.
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
The phenomenal cast with great chemistry and sincere authentic performances from the older actors empowers the material.
Blake Howard - 2UE That Movie Show
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Here's the movie for which millions of fans have been starving.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
If 'The Hunger Games' represents the latest book-turned-film blockbuster franchise built on the backs of fanatical adolescents then this is progress indeed.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
What works on the page may not translate to the screen. That's always been the challenge of bringing a writer's vision to the movies. It all comes back to "suspension of disbelief."
Paul Chambers - CNNRadio
For those unacquainted with the novel, it's a narratively unsatisfying - not to mention visually static - affair, regardless of how much Jennifer Lawrence holds her own.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
Whatever rough patches and shortcomings this first film has, that by the end I was indeed interested in seeing what happens next speaks to how Ross got it mostly right.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
If you've never read Collins' novels, the odds that you'll enjoy the film are not in your favor.
Matt Singer - ScreenCrush
This movie rules.
Dominic Corry - Flicks.co.nz
If the setup behind 'The Hunger Games' upsets you, that's a good thing.
Dan Lybarger - KC Active
Lawrence is a strong role model for young girls with her character's sacrifice, courage, moral grounding in a world that's lost its own, and will to fight for what's right, even if it means sacrificing her own life or sparking a revolution.
Neil Pond - American Profile
I didn't read the book. While the film is entertaining enough, I never felt drawn in to this new world.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
An entertaining adventure, but while director Gary Ross gets terrific performances from Tucci, Banks, Harrelson, and Lawrence, he drags it out far longer than the story requires.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
Lawrence is terrific in the lead role and gives us someone to root for to survive this horrible ordeal. The supporting players carve out memorable characters. The musical score, costumes and makeup are the other strengths.
Keith Cohen - Entertainment Spectrum
I found the sardonic satire of the movie's first half in the Capitol (a city that suggests a meeting of L. Frank Baum and Albert Speer) more intriguing than the insufficiently suspenseful depiction of the Hunger Games competition itself...
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Lawrence proved her ability to carry a character's heavy burden in Winter's Bone. As Katniss Everdeen, a teenage girl who is both physically and morally strong, she has gravitas, rarely breaking into a smile, but reveals no sign of self-seriousness.
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
Smarter and tougher than Twilight - and with a heroine who couldn't be further removed from drooping, love-struck Bella Swann.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
Solid enough, but for a non-fan fairly unremarkable.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
a triumph of restraint - but had the film been more visceral and less sanitised it might have better implicated viewers in the voyeuristic bloodlust of its entertainment
Anton Bitel - Sight and Sound
A cheap looking, drab film.
Bob Grimm - Reno News and Review
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.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
It has the slightly grubby, cobbled-together look of a futuristic flick from the '70s, but that is part of its charm.
Margot Harrison - Seven Days
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.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
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.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
The movie on its own terms is an entirely likable thriller, if a bit light on intelligence and personality.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Jennifer Lawrence's shining talent makes it all come together.
Clint O'Connor - Cleveland Plain Dealer
This tension-filled action-adventure delivers a pulse-pounding, pop culture message of female empowerment.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
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.
Martin Roberts - Fan The Fire
The film is aided immeasurably by Judianna Makovsky's costume design. Clothes are an intentional method of deciphering The Hunger Games' politics.
Chris Laverty - Clothes on Film
As if it were a survival reality TV show with a real pulse.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Finally we have a female lead character who is strong without being brutal, appealing without being objectified, and confident without being female-chauvinistic.
Tim Martain - The Mercury
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.
Tony Macklin - tonymacklin.net
It's far too long and much inferior to the ferocious Japanese Battle Royale.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Pulls its punches, content to be a glossy entertainment.
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
While the ending is a bit of a mess, the rest isn't terrible (and nobody sparkles in the sunlight).
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
Does it really matter that this is not an entirely new idea? Nope.
Siobhan Synnot - Scotsman
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.
Tom Clift - Moviedex
Lawrence lends Katniss the kind of gravitas that, initially at least, makes the film's bleak vision of the future seem credible.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
For those who have not read the book, this film is a movie without a cause.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
The Hunger Games features names that are like color palette rejects at the Dior counter.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
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.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
full review at Movies for the Masses
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
There's a whole bunch of really nice subtle things that they do that they don't feel the need to Broadcast.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
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.
Matthew Razak - Flixist.com
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
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile