The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games (2012)

Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 18, 2012
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Thrilling and superbly acted, The Hunger Games captures the dramatic violence, raw emotion, and ambitious scope of its source novel.

David Thomson
The New Republic

The film shows precious little hunger and no sense of game.

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Scott Bowles
USA Today

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

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David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org

Has all the technical ingredients of a great (and even important) film, but sideswipes them in order to leave the audience feeling like that they have been abandoned in the wilderness of extreme cruelty.

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David Denby
New Yorker

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.

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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle

It features a functioning creative imagination and lots of honest-to-goodness acting by its star, Jennifer Lawrence, who brings her usual toughness and emotional transparency to the archer-heroine Katniss.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Though not at all innovative or original, is at least a worthwhile action fantasy.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Ross manages to keep the pacing remarkably swift, given that the games themselves don't start until halfway through the 144-minute running time.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

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.

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John Hanlon
John Hanlon Reviews

Director Gary Ross does a great job in bringing the thrilling novel to life in this uncompromising drama.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
The dystopic universe could have been more well explored, while the shaky camera in the action scenes makes it a bit hard to follow what is happening on screen.… More
Edward Boxler
The Hunger Games captures the political and social undertones of Suzanne Collins' brilliant novel while refusing to exploit the idea of kids being trapped… More
KJ Proulx
"The Hunger Games" does everything right that the "Twilight Saga" did wrong. It invests you in the characters, makes you feel emotion for… More
familiar stranger
Watched on: January 10, 2014 I wasn't least interested in going for it, but I'm glad that I did. I thought it would be just a version of Battle… More
Liam Gadd
The first in this series deserves a lot of credit for setting up its world in a way that allowed 'Catching Fire' to build upon it so well, but that… More
Letitia Lew
I'm proud to pronounce "The Hunger Games" another captivating addition to the sparse genre of female-led action movies that are GOOD (thanks for… More

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