This is one of the most exciting posts I’ve ever made, because I’ve been so nervous/excited/hopeful about the critical reaction to the movie. I can tell you — after seeing the movie at the premiere — that I LOVED it. Well it seems international critics do, too!
Note: American critics are embargoed for a few more days before posting reviews. Still, these international opinions bode VERY VERY well for this amazing film.
For all the reviews, see them HERE AT MOCKINGJAY.NET!
Here’s an excerpt:
The Telegraph * * * * * (count ‘em – 5 stars!)
The Hunger Games is an essential science fiction film for our times; perhaps the essential science fiction film of our times. Whatever your age, it demands to be devoured.
Empire * * * *
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.
Total Film * * * *
… the camera does mostly cling to Katniss, requiring a Herculean amount of heavy lifting from Lawrence. She bears the load. Stoical or heart-on-sleeve, afraid or defiant, the starlet hits the mark… Katniss as Collins intended.
Den of Geek * * * *
The Hunger Games wants us to question ourselves, and look at the consequences of our own lives – the points it makes may not be particularly original, but they feel revolutionary when they pop up in a movie this mainstream… You couldn’t ask for a braver teen movie than this.
HeyUGuys * * * *
Even the youngest actors, Willow Shields and Amandla Stenberg, who could easily have been the weak links given their relative inexperience are terrific. It’s become something of a cliché to drone on about how good Lawrence is, but here she carries the film spectacularly.
The Hollywood Reporter (careful contains spoilers)
At the center of things most of the time, Lawrence remains compelling all the way… she can convey a lot by doing little. An ideal screen actress.
Proficient, involving, ever faithful to its source and centered around Jennifer Lawrence’s impressive star turn… 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.
Cine Vue * * * *
[The Hunger Games] deserves all the credit it gets for its confrontational subject matter, delicately-orchestrated fight sequences and sci-fi sensibilities. For the teen/young adult audiences, films don’t get much darker – or smarter – than this.
The Daily Mail * * * *
There’s much to admire here. The make-up, costumes and environment of the decadent ruling class are spectacular
The Guardian * * * *
The Hunger Games is that rarest of beasts: a Hollywood action blockbuster that is smart, taut and knotty… Jennifer Lawrence gives a performance of stoic, solemn intensity as Katniss