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Rated PG-13 · 142 minutes · 2012

Action, Adventure, Science fiction
For a blockbuster based on a popular novel, director Gary Ross’ film looks mighty cheap. Jennifer Lawrence plays Katniss Everdeen, a girl forced to represent her district in a televised contest in which young people battle to the death. While Lawrence is a great actress, she doesn’t look like a starving teen. Josh Hutcherson plays her fellow district rep, Peeta, and he fits the role just fine. I couldn’t get past the drab look of the movie, and the horrible shaky cam that manages to destroy the action visuals. Stanley Tucci, Toby Jones, Elizabeth Banks and Woody Harrelson are all saddled with silly getups for their roles. The movie is a strange clash of tones, never has a consistent feel, and is surprisingly boring, considering the subject matter.


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Official Site: www.thehungergamesmovie.com
Director: Gary Ross
Producer: Nina Jacobson, Jon Kilik, Robin Bissell, Suzanne Collins and Louise Rosner-Meyer
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Wes Bentley, Toby Jones, Alexander Ludwig, Isabelle Fuhrman, Amandla Stenberg, Latarsha Rose, Paula Malcolmson, Willow Shields, Brooke Bundy, Kimiko Gelman, Nelson Ascencio, Leven Rambin, Jack Quaid, Jacqueline Emerson, Dayo Okeniyi and Amber Chaney

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Arkansas Times Survivor; dystopian edition 'Hunger Games' hits most of its marks. by Sam Eifling 03/28/2012
Creative Loafing Atlanta Let The Hunger Games begin Suzanne Collins' YA dystopian sci-fi series gets thrilling big-screen adaptation by Curt Holman 03/22/2012
Colorado Springs Independent Bright to the death: The Hunger Games There's one thing a film adaptation of The Hunger Games had to do, and that's give audiences a Katniss as gripping as Suzanne Collins' creation. by Scott Renshaw 03/22/2012
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Charleston City Paper The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 bores more than soars It is an insult — an appalling, avaricious insult — to ask moviegoers to pay hard-earned money and give them nothing in return. So little happens in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 that it should be skipped altogether without a second thought. This movie is deplorable. I hated every second of it. by Dan Hudak 11/19/2014
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Charleston City Paper The Hunger Games is a toned-down version of the dystopic book At its best, this successful, though not overwhelming film adaptation of The Hunger Games lampoons the tawdry neon shades, effusive razzle dazzle, and spectacles of debasement and triumph in contemporary American entertainment. by Felicia Feaster 03/23/2012
Portland Mercury A New Heroine The Hunger Games is far better than it needs to be. by Alison Hallett 03/22/2012

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