We have decided to start a running list of Hunger Games movie reviews that will be popping up in the next week. We will update this as we find more reviews. Forewarning, some of these do have spoilers so read with caution! As always, remember to check out Rotten Tomatoes for the latest reviews.
Update: As of March 22, 2012 the Hunger Games stands at 88% on Rotten Tomatoes with 98% of the audiences wanting to see it. We think those are still pretty amazing numbers!
Despite its well-worn ideas and themes, Gary Ross’s provocative, pulse-surgingly tense adaptation couldn’t feel fresher, or timelier.
At the center of things most of the time, Lawrence remains compelling all the way. As in Winter’s Bone, she’s onscreen alone, or nearly so, a great deal, and she holds one’s attention unselfconsciously, without asking for attention or even doing much other than the task at hand.
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.
The Hunger Games is that rarest of beasts: a Hollywood action blockbuster that is smart, taut and knotty.
Like its source, this is both credible science fiction and a teen tale that doesn’t patronise or pander to its audience.