Richard Roeper Gives ‘The Hunger Games’ an A

If you’ve followed the career of Richard Roeper, it’s been interesting to watch his development. After Gene Siskel died, he became Roger Ebert’s reviewing partner for several years until eventually breaking off on his own.

When Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring first came out, Roeper had shut his mind off to fantasy. However, he became a huge believer by the end, and he has now become a great advocate for YA fantasy films — which, as you’ll see in this superb review, includes The Hunger Games. His points are really right on point!

 

Oh, and Richard — Thanks for giving it an A!

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Picktainment Podcast: How Good is The Hunger Games?

If you can’t get enough Hunger Games, you HAVE to listen to this Hunger Games special from Picktainment, which includes some admins from here as well.

On this week’s Picktainment Movie Show, we devote the entire program to The Hunger Games. HGFiresideChat.com co-hosts Adam Spunberg and Savanna New join Picktainment senior writer Kit Bowen to review the upcoming film. Phil Wallace hosts a very special podcast.

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Adam Spunberg’s review of The Hunger Games

Schmoes Know likes Hunger Games … Mostly

For those of you who follow the Schmoes Know movie reviews (they’re EXCELLENT! See more info at schmoesknow.com), you were probably anticipating their Hunger Games review. We definitely were!

Kristian is a sworn and tested Tribute from top to bottom, but his colleague Mark has been a little hesitant to jump on board. What did they think?

We thought it was a little better than they did, but it was still a great review! If the worst The Hunger Games gets is “good” reviews as opposed to GREAT, that’s still a whole lot better than other movies in this genre (cough! Twilight).

Full Hunger Games Movie Review: Adam Spunberg

Today, I wrote my FULL HUNGER GAMES REVIEW for Picktainment.com, which I put tremendous thought and feeling into. I hope you enjoy it!

Read the ENTIRE review here at Picktainment!

And let me be clear about one thing, which cannot be overstated enough: The Hunger Games is NOT Twilight. It is far, far better in pretty much every category, which is a testament to the extraordinary vision of Collins and Gary Ross. Rather than tickle the viewers with teeny-bopper romance and a cotton candy script, the creative geniuses at Lionsgate have produced an emotionally exhausting, profoundly disturbing, heart-in-your-throat saga of exceptional depth and inspiration. You will be without breath. You will feel mentally electrocuted. You will rush to the theater to see it all over again, wishing the next installment could somehow be expedited by 20 months.

The movie does right in so many ways, it’s hard to know where to start praising its magnificence. If you don’t know the story, Katniss Everdeen is born into a dystopian North America, where a totalitarian Capitol forces twelve girls and twelve boys to compete in an annual event called The Hunger Games. Twenty-four tributes go in – one comes out. Sounds like a grisly version of Highlander or Karate Kid, right? Should be lots of crazy fight sequences, leading to an ultimate showdown of good vs. evil, right? And Katniss, the underdog, will find some way to win with sappy music in the background and everyone leaving the theater feeling like they just watched the Mighty Ducks take down some bigger, more touted team, right?

Wrong! Wrong! Wrong! That’s why this film is so exceptional. It does NOT take you for a formulaic ride, relying on manipulative plotting and cheap thrills. There is something much grander and significant beneath the surface – an enduring question of “Why?” The violence is never celebrated or even showcased. Ross uses it as a backdrop to blast viewers with a gripping message about the frightening state of human nature and the enduring spirit that bleeds, coughs, vomits “SURVIVE!” Katniss is as inspiring a fictional heroine as there ever has been, and what makes her so remarkable is how strangely she fits the prototype. Like Frodo, sometimes it’s the people who go about their business with understated resolve who galvanize the world.

The acting, from top to bottom, is simply sensational. Jennifer Lawrence is the greatest thing to ever happen to this movie, and it’s a wonder to watch this blossoming star springboard what will become a legendary career. Known mostly for her Oscar-nominated portrayal in Winter’s Bone (which – let’s face it — few people have seen), Lawrence will now become one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood. She’s been as virtuous off the set as she has been on screen, but this tour-de-force performance is one that will shake you up and leave you gasping for air. She IS Katniss, the two entities now inseparable from each other, just like you will be from your tissues when she’s done strumming your nervous system.

Read the rest HERE!

Hunger Games at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes

Only a few reviews are in, so the number could easily go down. Still — for those of you who wanted further proof that The Hunger Games is NOT Twilight, just bookmark this link and key in on this graphic below.


Doesn’t look all that close!

Critics … LOVE The Hunger Games!

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.

Variety

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