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The Hunger Games

23hunger-thumbstandard In a dystopian future ruled by a totalitarian regime, resourceful Katniss and her partner, Peeta, represent their district in the lethal Hunger Games, a televised survival competition in which teenage contestants fight each other to the death.
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Jennifer Lawrence stars as a teenage survivalist in a recycled American frontier myth in “The Hunger Games," a film adaptation of the Suzanne Collins novel. Read the review
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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  full review
 
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  full review
 
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  full review
 
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  full review
 
The Hunger Games' pacing is brisk, its stakes as high as stakes get, and its leading lady engaging enough that the odds - at the box office at least - will be ever in its favor.
 
Measured against its downright subversive subtext, you have to come away impressed by the level of achievement.
Laremy Legel, Film.com  full review
 
The first book of Suzanne Collins's prodigiously popular trilogy has been brought to the screen with a Jumbotron sensibility, a shaky camera to emphasize the action and a shakier grip on the subject's emotional core.
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal  full review
 
Well-paced, well-directed and extremely well acted entertainment.
Richard Roeper, Richard Roeper.com  full review
 
Director Gary Ross' adaptation, co-scripted by Collins herself, isn't quite as crackingly paced as the novel, but it will more than satisfy existing fans of the trilogy and likely create many new ones.
Dana Stevens, Slate  full review
 
Viewers who like a side order of political allegory with their science fiction will find much to savor here. So will romantics, fans of feminist heroines and action enthusiasts. "The Hunger Games" is that rare creation, an event movie of real significance.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune  full review
 
Director Gary Ross generally avoids the elaborate exterior shots and special effects that dominate high-concept blockbusters.
Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader  full review
 
Again and again Katniss rescues herself with resourcefulness, guts and true aim, a combination that makes her insistently watchable, despite Mr. Ross's soft touch and Ms. Lawrence's bland performance.
Manohla Dargis, New York Times  full review
 
Ross moves between action and human drama with nimble awareness of the weight of the issues coursing through the story of fascism, propaganda, and, yes, adolescence under the weight of the world.
Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post  full review
 
[It] smells very much like a movie with money on its mind - not altogether successfully balancing its loftier ideas with a sense of superficial whimsy and Vegas-meets-Wizard of Oz production design.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer  full review
 
It carefully walks a difficult line: How do you tell an essentially violent story without glorifying that violence?
Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times  full review
 
Efficient if not electric, "The Hunger Games" is still epic in intent.
Tom Long, Detroit News  full review
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