First Reviews Are In For ‘The Hunger Games’

March 21, 2012 by staff 

First Reviews Are In For 'The Hunger Games'First Reviews Are In For ‘The Hunger Games’, The first reviews for “The Hunger Games” — the most anticipated film ever made about a violent, government-sanctioned reality show — are beginning to trickle onto the Internet. As a result, it’s fair to say the Katniss Everdeening of America has now officially commenced.

In what will surely count as great news to fans of Suzanne Collins’s popular young adult novels, not to mention the executives at Lionsgate, the reviews are overwhelmingly positive. With 33 critical assessments published since the review embargo broke early this morning, Rotten Tomatoes currently shows that the film has a 97 percent fresh rating — only one negative review so far.

Post film critic Ann Hornaday will weigh in with her take in the coming days. And I will engage in ananlysis of the film with Monica Hesse and Melissa Bell — akin to the one we did for “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1” — that will be published very soon in this blog, as well.

In the meantime, here’s a roundup of some of the early critiques of “The Hunger Games.”

Christy Lemire of the Associated Press praises the film for maintaining its suspense even for those who already know full well how this story goes: “‘The Hunger Games’ runs nearly two and a half hours in length but is the rare film that never drags and doesn’t overstay its welcome. It could keep running as long as Katniss does, and we’d want to be right there every heart-pounding step of the way.”

Joe Neumaier of the New York Daily News gives the film five stars out of five: “It’s better and scarier than its source book, and aims an angry eye at our bloodthirsty, watch-anything-and-cheer culture.”

Like virtually every review, even the single lousy one (more on that later), Drew McWeeney of HitFix praises Jennifer Lawrence’s portrayal of the main character: “The thing that finally pushes ‘The Hunger Games’ over the top is the performance by Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen … it is a pure movie star performance, and Lawrence rises to the occasion.” (Expect the conversation about whether Lawrence’s work is worthy of awards season consideration to start now, if it hasn’t already.)

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