Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: The Hunger Games is Certified Fresh

Plus, The Raid: Redemption and The Deep Blue Sea are also Certified Fresh.

by | March 22, 2012 | Comments

This week at the movies brings only one new wide release: the hotly-anticipated adaptation of Susan Collins’ post-apocalyptic young adult novel The Hunger Games, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson. What do the critics have to say?

The Hunger Games


The Hunger Games is one of the most eagerly anticipated literary adaptations since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. And critics say the movie delivers — director Gary Ross maintains the brisk, tense pace that made the books so tough to put down, and Jennifer Lawrence gives an intense, commanding performance in the lead role. In a dystopian North America, a tyrannical government stages an annual televised gladiatorial competition, in which young people are selected to fight to the death. When Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) and her old friend Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) enter the fray, they team up to survive, and their alliance poses a threat to the established order. The pundits say the Certified Fresh Hunger Games is muscular, exciting filmmaking, with an excelling cast and enough weighty ideas to please both newcomers and fans of the books. (Find out the Five Favotite Films of Hunger Games stars Lawrence, Woody Harrelson, Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth. And check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we run down some of cinema’s most memorable — and deadly — fake sports.)

Also opening this week in limited release:

  • The Raid: Redemption, an Indonesian action film about an elite police squad tasked with arresting a drug lord in an abandoned apartment building, is Certified Fresh at 88 percent.
  • The Deep Blue Sea, starring Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston in a period drama about an upper class woman who abandons a loveless marriage for a younger man, is Certified Fresh at 85 percent.
  • All In: The Poker Movie, a documentary about the card game’s recent resurgence in popularity, is at 56 percent.
  • 4:44 Last Day on Earth, starring Willem Dafoe in a sci-fi drama about two people who find love just before the end of the world, is at 54 percent.
  • Brake, starring Stephen Dorff in a thriller about a man who finds himself held hostage in the trunk of a car, is at 47 percent.
  • Musical Chairs, a romantic drama about a unlikely pair of competitive ballroom dancers, is at 36 percent.
  • October Baby, a drama about a college student who goes on a road trip to meet her birth parents, is at 31 percent.
  • The Trouble with Bliss, starring Michael C. Hall in a dramedy about a thirtysomething slacker who finds his dull existence shaken by a pair of strange romantic possibilities, is at 20 percent.

Tag Cloud

TCA 2017 Star Wars Rom-Com Syfy Rocky SundanceTV TBS Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Adult Swim Trailer TCM FXX Starz 2015 Drama CMT Box Office TIFF USA El Rey MTV APB Biopics CBS Photos TruTV History ABC Family Nat Geo Mystery Disney Premiere Dates biography TNT RT History Cosplay Lionsgate technology TV Tumblr Food Network boxoffice Video Games Esquire vampires FX 2016 crime drama war Sneak Peek Music discovery comiccon IFC TV Land First Look cops CBS All Access ITV politics Pop Fox News Disney Channel Fall TV social media Toys Superheroes OWN supernatural psycho Fantasy Logo Podcast NYCC Ghostbusters Martial Arts Election Mary Tyler Moore Summer Marvel NBC Amazon DC Comics E! sports science fiction Mindy Kaling American Society of Cinematographers Musical Oscars PaleyFest Awards Holidays based on movie Showtime Animation Set visit ABC Crackle HBO political drama composers travel E3 docudrama Comedy Central Dark Horse Comics transformers Marathons cooking X-Men Nominations Comic Book GLAAD Hulu Polls and Games singing competition VICE harry potter Valentine's Day Ellie Kemper sitcom Star Trek Best and Worst Schedule AMC TLC cinemax BET A&E historical drama Reality aliens CNN DirecTV Writers Guild of America WGN MSNBC Sundance The CW serial killer Comedy Infographic Netflix Rock Tomatazos Country dramedy police drama adventure Bravo Character Guide diversity Calendar YA FOX Interview 24 frames The Arrangement Year in Review Opinion Pirates ESPN Winter TV Action PBS Kids & Family Universal Certified Fresh VH1 Sci-Fi President period drama crime thriller LGBTQ Super Bowl Freeform Nickelodeon zombie Trivia BBC Red Carpet Cartoon Network crime Musicals Watching Series BBC America Teen 2017 Lifetime Grammys Extras Horror Masterpiece Reality Competition Countdown TCA GoT Winners thriller Emmys Spring TV GIFs Thanksgiving SDCC 007