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‘Hunger Games’ reviews: Critics are largely saying good things

By Andrea Reiher

“The Hunger Games” opens Friday (March 23), launching what is perhaps a series to rival “Harry Potter” and “Twilight” at the box office. And critically, it’s been getting mostly rave reviews, particularly for star Jennifer Lawrence.

Amy Biancolli of the San Francisco Chronicle writes, “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.”

Critic Richard Roeper says, “Well-paced, well-directed and extremely well acted entertainment.”

The Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Colin Covert writes, “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.”

Peter Travers
of Rolling Stone says, “The Hunger Games has epic spectacle, yearning romance, suspense that won’t quit and a shining star in Jennifer Lawrence.”


However, not every critic thought the movie was a strong adaptation.

“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,” says David Edelstein of New York Magazine.

Richard Corliss
of TIME writes, “What Ross has created is a dutiful spectacle — as if his name had been drawn at random, and the job were not the chance of a lifetime but a slog to the death. Put it another way: If they made books out of movies, this Hunger Games would never see print.”

Salon’s Andrew O’Hehir says, “”The Hunger Games” never really holds together or makes any sense, except as an elementary fairy tale about a young girl’s coming of age and an incipient romantic triangle (which is the focus of the film, far more than the book).”

If you’ve seen it already, what did you think?

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