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The Hunger Games

Overview


Genre :

Action, Drama, Thriller

Release Date :

March 23, 2012

MPAA Rating :

PG-13

Director :

Gary Ross

Starring :

Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Wes Bentley, Josh Hutcherson, Alexander Ludwig, Elizabeth Banks, Paula Malcomson, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Jack Quaid, Leven Rambin, Willow Shields, Toby Jones, Lenny Kravitz, Woody Harrelson, Isabelle Fuhr

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

“..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..”
by Justin Chang [Variety]
3.5 of 5

“..too much of the rest of the film is merely serviceable..”
by Bill Goodykoontz [Arizona Republic]
3 of 4

“..the story contains some cheats and many of the plot elements are borrowed from other sources, but the end result is engrossing..”
by James Berardinelli [ReelViews]
Review rate : A-

“..the movie effectively showcases the allure of the story's remarkable, kick-ass 16-year-old heroine, Katniss Everdeen..”
by Lisa Schwarzbaum [Entertainment Weekly]
“..that's the movie's problem: it's better at grim than gaudy, but not masterly at either..”
by Richard Corliss [TIME Magazine]
“..most noticeable of all, however, is the film's lack of hunting instinct..”
by Todd McCarthy [Hollywood Reporter]
2.5 of 4

“..like "Winter's Bone" before it, "The Hunger Games" goes to torturous, even off-putting extremes to prove its heroine's mettle..”
by Ann Hornaday [Washington Post]
2.5 of 5

“..it just looks like what you saw the night before on the latest installment of Survivor..”
by Rex Reed [New York Observer]
“..it is impossible for this movie to ever hope to match the fury of the book..”
by Melissa Anderson [Village Voice]
3.5 of 5

“..if, as the ads suggest, the whole world will be watching this, viewers will likely be satisfied with what they see..”
by Kenneth Turan [Los Angeles Times]
3.5 of 4

“..has epic spectacle, yearning romance, suspense that won't quit and a shining star in Jennifer Lawrence, who gives us a female warrior worth cheering..”
by Peter Travers [Rolling Stone]
2.5 of 4

“..fans of the book will be peeved by the lack of development of secondary characters..”
by Kyle Smith [New York Post]
3 of 4

“..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..”
by y Burr [Boston Globe]
5 of 5

“..delivers - and leaves a memorable aftertaste..”
by Joe Neumaier [New York Daily News]
“..clumsy adaptation; the story reaches a certain point and the curtain simply drops..”
by Andrew O'Hehir [Salon.com]
2.5 of 5

“..because the movie is so compressed and accelerated, nothing lasts long enough to touch -- or wound -- us deeply..”
by Kathleen Murphy [MSN Movies]

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