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Embargo for “The Hunger Games” movie reviews has been lifted today and international reviews for “The Hunger Games” are flooding in. As there are too many of them, we have provided links to the full reviews along with the given score and a quote on the first couple sentences of the review.
We will try to update this post with new reviews as soon as we find them though please understand it’s generally impossible for us to post all of it. Do leave a comment below if you do spot any review we haven’t posted yet.
Please approach the reviews with caution. Some do include spoilers such as opening scenes for “The Hunger Games” movie.
The list of reviews for “The Hunger Games” movie are as below and listed from A-Z:
Media: Box Office Magazine
Science fiction’s defenders refer to the genre, in its highest moments, as “a literature of ideas.” The irony is that on film, the ideas in science fiction are often shoved to the back seat in favor of letting the images take the wheel—whether you think that the Transformers series is trash or treasure, the films’ only big idea is “Robot trucks are cool.” But in The Hunger Games, the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel (itself the first in a trilogy), the ideas and the characters drive the story. Avid fans of the books were going to make the film a hit, regardless. It’s our good fortune that, much like the people behind the Potter films figured out, you can rake in dough from the crowds and make a beloved book into an actual film of quality. With over 1,000 showings already sold out at this writing, a week before release, look for The Hunger Games to be Lionsgate’s biggest-ever hit. Better yet, it deserves to be.
Media: Cinema Blend
Too often when it comes to big screen adaptations of beloved best-selling novels, we spend the bulk of a review pointing out all of the places the filmmaker went wrong. With The Hunger Games, it’s a distinct pleasure to sing about all of the places the masterful translation went right.
Media: Cine Vue
Anticipation couldn’t be higher for the long-awaited first screen outing of The Hunger Games (2012), the inaugural film in a planned Lionsgate trilogy of three, based on the best-selling teen books from US author Suzanne Collins. Featuring an eclectic cast of young rising stars (Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth) and established talent (Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland), director Gary Ross has a potential blockbusting hit on his hands – but will the dark, dystopian subject matter prove too tough for young audiences?
Media: Den of Geek
Gary Ross is a brave man. He’d need to be, of course, to take on a project like The Hunger Games: the books have sold millions of copies, and have attracted both intense adulation and fierce criticism. The movie is a big deal, and the weight of its success or failure sits on his shoulders, so just making it requires courage.
Probably the greatest achievement of The Hunger Games, and there are many, is that in adapting a phenomenally successful teen novel its creative team have produced something that works as a film, not just as an adaptation of a book.
In the lead up to its release, The Hunger Games has been compared to the Potter franchise, Twilight, Battle Royale and even The Running Man. It’s understandable. It’s standard practice when writing about movies to use the “it’s a bit like ‘this’ meets ‘that’” shorthand to describe something new. The problem with The Hunger Games is that it completely defies that trick. It may have clear points of comparison with those films, but it would be just as fair to compare it to countless others, like Serenity or Children of Men or even leading lady, Jennifer Lawrence’s breakthrough movie, Winter’s Bone.
Media: Hit Fix
Gary Ross was, to say the least, an unconventional choice when it came to helming the adaptation of the popular young adult novels “The Hunger Games,” written by Suzanne Collins. Ross has established himself as a particular kind of filmmaker with his work on films like “Dave,” “Big,” “Pleasantville,” and “Seabiscuit.” He’s not the guy you think of for world-building science-fiction or big action. Yet when we look back at these films in the future, one of the smartest choices they could have made was giving this first film to Ross, because he’s made something very special, concerned primarily with the human heart of the story instead of the spectacle.
Arriving with a ton of hype and anticipation, The Hunger Games certainly isn’t lacking for attention. As with any project of this kind, the question is whether all of this hype is towards something worthwhile. Luckily, The Hunger Games answers that question with a resounding yes.
DUBIOUS morality (for younger viewers) and questionable originality aside, the big screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ literary sensation is a hugely impressive affair.
Complexity and understatement are two criminally under-utilized values in most mainstream movies these days, but they’re at the core of, and the chief reason for the success of “The Hunger Games.” Director Gary Ross, screenwriter of the proletariat presidential fantasy “Dave” and writer-director of the social-consciousness-as-sci-fi tome “Pleasantville,” has always engaged his subjects with a light and yet substantial touch, but his adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ acclaimed young-adult novel is a truly remarkable achievement: he turns escapism into a deeply emotional experience. Instantly razing comparisons – qualitative especially — to other female-friendly series such as “Twilight,” “The Hunger Games” is the first film in a long time that deserves Hollywood’s instant-franchise ambitions because it appeals to genre fans regardless of gender by crafting a story that’s both epic and intimate, spectacular and subtle.
Media: Screen Daily
Score: “Dystopian sci-fi, tense action-thriller, soapy teen romance, grim social commentary: The big-screen adaptation of The Hunger Games certainly doesn’t lack for ambition, and although it’s mostly successful, one can’t help wishing the film could have better integrated its different tones and agendas. Based on the popular first novel in Suzanne Collins’ trilogy about a dark future society where young people must kill each other for sport, this much-anticipated film is anchored by Jennifer Lawrence’s strong central performance, which helps compensate for a somewhat derivative storyline and worldview.”
The film’s tagline – “The World Will Be Watching” – refers to the televised titular contest, but it also serves as an apt prediction for the movie’s box office prospects. Lionsgate hopes they’ve found their own Twilight/Harry Potter/Lord Of The Rings fantasy franchise, and certainly awareness for The Hunger Games is high. The only downside for Lionsgate may be the studio having to temper industry expectations if their film falls short of the unbelievably high commercial bar set by three of the most popular screen series of the last decade. So the question will be not whether Hunger Games makes a killing but, rather, just how spectacular the grosses will be.
Media: Slash Film
When Lionsgate began the task of adapting The Hunger Games for the screen, the odds were never in its favor. The book was too violent, too well-known and too hard to translate because not only was it about kids killing each other, it would also have to create a whole new world.
Media: The Dail Mail
Teenage girls are going to love this film — so much so that I wouldn’t mind betting it will be the first in a very profitable franchise.
Media: The Guardian
This compelling, lightly satirical tale is that rarest of beasts: a Hollywood action blockbuster that is smart, taut and knotty
Media: The Hollywood Reporter
Score: “Jennifer Lawrence is stellar in this faithful, good-enough film version of the massive best-seller.”
The arrow hits an outer circle of the target in The Hunger Games, an amply faithful adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ monster young-adult best-seller that could have used a higher blood count in more ways than one. As she did in her breakthrough film Winter’s Bone, Jennifer Lawrence anchors this futuristic and politicized elaboration of The Most Dangerous Game with impressive gravity and presence, while director Gary Ross gets enough of what matters in the book up on the screen to satisfy its legions of fans worldwide. This Lionsgate release is being positioned as the hottest property for the teen audience since Twilight, and there’s no reason to believe that box office results won’t land roughly in that vaunted vicinity.
Media: The Telegraph
That Bella Swan; she’s no Katniss Everdeen. Both teenage heroines journey deep into the woods at dusk, but while Twilight’s Bella returns flanked by bickering supernatural beefcake, Katniss emerges alone, smeared in blood and muck and gnawing on the charred remains of a spatchcocked squirrel. In The Hunger Games, the characters don’t fall straightforwardly into one team or the other. There are no vampires vs werewolves here, just Katniss on one side and the rest of the world on the other, although you wouldn’t fancy the rest of the world’s chances.
Media: Time Out London
The perils of allowing a successful author to adapt their own work for the screen are demonstrated once again in this absorbing but cluttered take on Suzanne Collins’s highly regarded post-apocalyptic teen epic. This is a gripping, impressively mounted action movie – but its adherence to finicky details in the novel means that there’s not enough time to fully explore Collins’s complex world or the characters who inhabit it.
Media: Too Fab
In the dystopian future of “The Hunger Games,” 24 teenage “Tributes” from 12 Districts battle it out in a televised death match — and while the future may look bad, the movie is anything but.
Media: Total Film
Is it the new Twilight? Is it faithful to the book? How violent is it? What’s up with Woody Harrelson’s hair? No, yes, pretty violent and Lord only knows.
Score: “The first novel in Suzanne Collins’ bestselling trilogy is a futuristic fight-to-the-death thriller driven by pure survival instinct, but the creative equivalent of that go-for-broke impulse is absent from director Gary Ross’ “The Hunger Games.” Proficient, involving, ever faithful to its source and centered around Jennifer Lawrence’s impressive star turn, this much-anticipated, nearly 2 1/2-hour event picture should satiate fans, entertain the uninitiated and take an early lead among the year’s top-grossing films. Yet in the face of near-certain commercial success, no one seems to have taken the artistic gambles that might have made this respectable adaptation a remarkable one.”
The first novel in Suzanne Collins’ bestselling trilogy is a futuristic fight-to-the-death thriller driven by pure survival instinct, but the creative equivalent of that go-for-broke impulse is absent from director Gary Ross’ “The Hunger Games.” Proficient, involving, ever faithful to its source and centered around Jennifer Lawrence’s impressive star turn, this much-anticipated, nearly 2 1/2-hour event picture should satiate fans, entertain the uninitiated and take an early lead among the year’s top-grossing films. Yet in the face of near-certain commercial success, no one seems to have taken the artistic gambles that might have made this respectable adaptation a remarkable one.
We know we know. We know how it feels like to see all these reports of the impending “The Hunger Games” movie world red carpet première over at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE but we couldn’t be there in person.
Even though we couldn’t be there in person, here’s an alternative to be able experience “The Hunger Games” movie world premiere red carpet live!
You can watch “The Hunger Games” movie world premiere live straight from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE at InCinemas via Yahoo! on SGT 13 March from 8:30AM onwards!
That’s not all!
Fans can start submitting their questions now via Twitter and Facebook using #HungerGameLIVE. Questions will be answered LIVE on the red carpet.
Will you be watching? We certainly will be!
Following Yahoo! Movies’s release of new ‘The Hunger Games’ trailer, Lionsgate sent out this press release.
50 DAYS UNTIL THE RELEASE OF THE HUNGER GAMES
LIONSGATE MARKS THE OCCASION WITH PREMIERE TICKET GIVE-AWAYS ACROSS 50 SITES AND NEW TRAILER DEBUT
RED CARPET WORLD PREMIERE OF THE FILM SET FOR MONDAY MARCH 12 AT LA’S NOKIA THEATER
Search #HungerGames50 on Twitter
SANTA MONICA, CA (February 2, 2012) – Today marked another milestone in the countdown to the release of THE HUNGER GAMES. With 50 days to go until audiences everywhere are able to see the film in theaters, Lionsgate® is engaging fans in a variety of ways, including ticket giveaways across 50 websites, the launch of a new movie trailer, and several exciting new announcements surrounding the film.
As of 10:00 AM PST today, February 2, 2012, fans can search for #HungerGames50 on Twitter to find the 50 websites participating in the ticket give-away for the World Premiere of the film, which will take place at LA’s Nokia Theater in the LA Live complex on Monday, March 12th. The digital campaign follows those for #HungerGames100 and #HungerGames74, which marked milestones in the campaign with similar interactive fan activities. Each became worldwide trending topics on Twitter within moments of its launch.
A new trailer for the film was also debuted today by Yahoo! Movies. Fans can be the first to see that trailer (here), before it’s aired on Sunday, February 5th during the Superbowl’s pre-game show.
Lionsgate and IMAX also announced today that THE HUNGER GAMES will be shown for a one week exclusive engagement in IMAX theaters, day and date with its wide theatrical release on March 23, 2012.
About THE HUNGER GAMES
Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains.
Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
THE HUNGER GAMES is directed by Gary Ross, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel, the first in a trilogy published by Scholastic that has over 23.5 million copies in print in the United States alone, has developed a massive global following.
Lionsgate will release THE HUNGER GAMES on March 23, 2012.
To experience The Hunger Games online, please visit:
Official Website: http://www.thehungergamesmovie.com/
Official Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/thehungergamesmovie
Official Twitter Page: http://twitter.com/thehungergames
Capitol Couture: www.capitolcouture.pn
‘The Hunger Games’ will be released in Singapore on 22 March 2012.
While Lionsgate released ‘The Hunger Games’ teaser trailer in August 29 SGT on MTV VMA 2011 and first full trailer during Good Morning America, we had our sneak peek of the new ‘The Hunger Games’ trailer.
In celebration of 50 days left to release of ‘The Hunger Games’ movie in USA, Yahoo! Movies exclusively revealed the new trailer for ‘The Hunger Games’ movie!
Lionsgate has now uploaded the new trailer on their ‘The Hunger Games’ YouTube channel! Check it out below!
Yahoo! Movies also revealed ‘The Hunger Games’ world premiere will be held in Los Angeles on Monday, 12 March 2012, at Nokia Theater in the LA Live complex which the whole cast of ‘The Hunger Games’ movie will attend.
On a side note, Yahoo! Movies and 49 other sites are also holding premiere giveaways for fans to win tickets to ‘The Hunger Games’ premiere in Los Angeles. Head over to #HungerGames50 to find out more.
While most of ‘The Hunger Games’ premiere tickets giveaway to LA are open only to US residents, Collider.com is opening this contest to international fans where a lucky winner will get to win a pair of tickets to ‘The Hunger Games’ world premiere in LA on 12 March 2012!
Since there will most likely be quite a few entries, we want to make sure that the tickets go to a true fan of the series. In order to enter the contest, we want you to tell us what district of Panem you think you would represent and why. There’s no minimum or maximum requirement for how long your entry should be, so feel free to write as much (or as little) as you’d like.
Please send your entry to email@example.com with THE HUNGER GAMES Premiere in the subject line, and be sure to include your full name and a phone number where we may reach you in the body of your submission. Also, only one entry per person.
Entries will be accepted no later than February 22th at 5pm PST. The winner will be contacted a day or two after, and we’ll announce who won on Collider February 29th.
Finally, just to be clear, this contest is open to everyone! You can live in Los Angeles, London, Madrid, even Moscow. Everyone is welcome to enter. However, you are responsible for all costs to attend the premiere. We’re just providing two tickets to the event (for you and a guest). That’s why we’re ending the contest on February 22. It’ll give whoever wins a chance to make travel plans and not pay a fortune.
‘The Hunger Games’ will be released in Singapore on 22 March 2012.