The Hunger Games
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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 an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which "Tributes" must fight with one another until one survivor remains. Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film shows precious little hunger and no sense of game."
‑ David Thomson, The New Republic
"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
"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."
‑ David Keyes,
"The movie is oddly blithe about its central premise. How can this movie set up this monstrous society and this brutal game of genocide and expect us to not only cheer for someone to "win," but also hope she finds someone to kiss in the end?"
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"An exhilarating debut from the bestselling series about teenagers engaged in a deadly bloodsport."
‑ Tom Glasson, Concrete Playground
"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
"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."
‑ Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle
"Though not at all innovative or original, is at least a worthwhile action fantasy."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Lawrence makes Katniss a heroine every bit as strong, fearless and compelling as the patron saint of badass females, Lisbeth Salander."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"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
"Ross manages to keep the pacing remarkably swift, given that the games themselves don't start until halfway through the 144-minute running time."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"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/Vulture
"Director Gary Ross does a great job in bringing the thrilling novel to life in this uncompromising drama."
‑ John Hanlon, John Hanlon Reviews
"The filmmakers' devotion to Collins' page-turner will please the book's fans and anyone who likes action, sci-fi, social commentary or a female protagonist with smarts, compassion and survival skills."
‑ Carla Meyer, Sacramento Bee
"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
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