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Created Nov 24, 2014 12:56AM PST • Updated Dec 01, 2014 09:33AM PST

The American Harry Potter is an equivalently massive pop cultural phenomenon. Yet The Hunger Games also has political resonance and features a new kind of hero in Katniss Everdeen.

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1st The Hunger Games
2012 Great 83 Points
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An important but hardly perfect movie, The Hunger Games is however great enough to justify the fuss. The monster box office being generated by this first installment of Suzanne Collins’ bestselling trilogy of young-adult novels is helping The Hunger Games and heroine Katniss Eberdeen become primary cultural influences on tens of millions of real young adults.

In short, The Hunger Games is the American Harry Potter.

It does suffer from phoniness in how it depicts humanity operating under grotesquely insane situations. People don’t e…

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Added Nov 24, 2014 12:56AM PST • Updated Nov 24, 2014 12:56AM PST
2nd The Hunger Games...
2013 Really Great 83 Points
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The silver screen has never seen a contemporary ideal the likes of Katniss Everdeen, male or female. Jennifer Lawrence’s rise to superstardom is wrapped up in her personification of this revolutionary hero, this secular Joan of Arc for our post-modern times. J.Law channels J.Arc to become K.Eve you might say.

Fortunately you don’t have to grok The Hunger Games’ deeper meanings or know the book to dig the movie. It helps to have seen the first movie, though that’s not necessary given how well told this one is. Familiar…

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3rd The Hunger Games...
2014 Great 83 Points
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This time it’s war, talky-war but war indeed. The Games themselves are in the past when Part 1 of The Hunger Games finale opens. War aside, it’s as if this richly imagined and action-packed series pauses to catch its breath in its penultimate installment.

Mockingjay – Part 1 features the scales dropping from Katniss Everdeen’s eyes, and therefore from ours. Revealing the full evil of the dictatorship and the unveiling of the previously cloaked rebels who seek to bring it down provides almost enough material to sustain two hours of running time, with some well-mounted battle scenes fi…

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4th The Hunger Games...
2015 Very Good 83 Points
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I’m loyal to Katniss Everdeen, so had to see the end of her story. Love can be painful and this movie was. Freighted with profound mournfulness, it’s simply too much and too long. Alas, The Hunger Games is ultimately high-toned YA, notwithstanding its often brilliant political grandstanding. Thus, Mockingjay – Part 2 feels like an interminable 2ΒΌ hours, even as it’s well wrought, well earned and well performed.

Shoulda heeded Briansez’s advice and not wasted a movie-going night on it, but JLaw’s Katnis…

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