'The Hunger Games' Reviews: Critics Say It Lives Up to the Hype

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'The Hunger Games' reviews are rolling in and critics love it! Read what the critics say - does it live up to the hype?


'The Hunger Games' reviews are rolling in and critics love it!

For fans of the 'Hunger Games' book series who may have been worried about how it would play out on the big screen, you can put your fears to rest.

Cambio rounded up some of the 'The Hunger Games' reviews so you have an at-a-glance look at what to expect when you head to the theater.

People.com: 3.5 out of 4 stars
"The movie sticks close to the first book, with detail-perfect renderings of the districts, the Capitol, the arena – and certainly of Katniss."

Film School Rejects: A-
"Solid acting; a stunning look and feel; an infectious energy and sense of engagement; stays true to the source material except in rare (and necessary instances); the introduction of a bold new world; tonally moving and emotional."

New York Daily News: 5 out of 5 stars
"It's better and scarier than its source book, and aims an angry eye at our bloodthirsty, watch-anything-and-cheer culture. And there's also pro-rebellion, anti-1% sentiment coursing through its blood... It should be said that even the books' fans may be shocked at the movie's toughness, as well as its tone, which feels like 'The Truman Show' and 'Logan's Run' woven with the DNA of TV's 'Survivor.'"

Forbes: "'The Hunger Games' is a big, satisfying piece of entertainment. You can't ask for anything more."

ABC News: 4 out of 5 stars
"So, what about the actual Hunger Games? In a word: spectacular. Under Gary Ross' direction, the games seem like an actual annual event he's filmed before. You don't need 3D and those pesky glasses to feel right in the middle of 2D action that's so realistic, you might pull a hamstring just watching it."

Cinema Blend: 4 out of 5 stars
"Ross wins the bulk of his own production battle in the casting department, matching the right talent with Collins' well-sketched roles. Everything starts with Lawrence, and she is absolutely perfect as Katniss. She is gorgeous enough to flourish during the pageantry stages of the Games, yet naturalistic enough to convince us that this scrappy survivor can do more than persevere in the arena."

Chicago Tribune: 3 stars
"The games have begun, and so far they're pretty gripping."

Empire: 4 out of 5 stars
"As thrilling and smart as it is terrifying. There have been a number of big-gun literary series brought to screen over the past decade. This slays them all."

Sound off in the comments below after you've seen the film – did it live up the hype? Did it exceed your expectations or fall short? We want to know!


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