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In what was once North America, the Capitol of Panem maintains its hold on its 12 districts by forcing them each to select a boy and a girl, called Tributes, to compete in a nationally televised event called the Hunger Games. Every citizen must watch as the youths fight to the death until only one remains. District 12 Tribute Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has little to rely on, other than her hunting skills and sharp instincts, in an arena where she must weigh survival against love.


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Genre: Action , Science fiction

Director: Gary Ross

Producer: Jon Kilik, Robin Bissell, Nina Jacobson, Suzanne Collins, Louise Rosner-meyer

Cast: Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz, Donald Sutherland, Stanley Tucci, Brooke Bundy, Wes Bentley, Kimiko Gelman, Nelson Ascencio, Toby Jones, Latarsha Rose, Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, Jennifer Lawrence, Paula Malcolmson, Leven Rambin, Alexander Ludwig, Isabelle Fuhrman, Amber Chaney, Liam Hemsworth, Willow Shields, Amandla Stenberg, Jack Quaid, Jacqueline Emerson, Dayo Okeniyi

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  • (Male) Deseret News Critic

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    The much-awaited film adaptation of Suzanne Collins' "The Hunger Games" begins quietly.
    Two well-dressed men are sitting for a television interview. One has blue hair, the other an immaculately trimmed beard that swirls around his face. They carry on a sophisticated conversation about how the Hunger Games has unified their nation.
    But a young girl's scream quickly pulls the viewer away to the grim reality of District 12 — a gray, splintering world of poverty and despair.
    It’s a jarring, effective juxtaposition that continues throughout the film and keeps "The Hunger Games" honest. The adaptation of the enormously popular young adult novel could have been made into a high-adrenaline action flick that gave token acknowledgment to the weighty themes of tyranny and injustice. Even worse, it could have been a bloodbath.
    But director Gary Ross exhibits great restraint. More importantly, he never lets his viewers forget the difference between those who are starving and dying, and those who make a game of it.
    Based on a novel where 24 children are placed in an arena in a made-for-TV fight to the death, "The Hunger Games" is indeed a violent movie. Teenage children die cruel deaths at the hands of nature, weapons and brute force. The PG-13 rating should be taken seriously.
    Still, the violence is nowhere near gratuitous, and there’s no room in this film to revel in combat. The audience will be too busy wincing, aching, hurting and seething.
    Jennifer Lawrence plays Katniss Everdeen, a strong and determined provider for a family that lost its father in a mine accident. She hunts — illegally — outside the fences of her district and cares for her sweet but brittle 12-year-old sister, Primrose.
    A nightmare awakes Primrose on "Reaping Day" — an annual lottery where the Capitol, the controlling force of the country of Panem, selects a teenage boy and girl from each of its 12 surrounding district to compete in the Hunger Games. The Capitol president refers to it as "a pageant of honor, courage and sacrifice."
    But it's actually a televised slaughter of children at the hands of children, punishment for the past "treason" of an uprising.
    Meanwhile, an obtuse Capitol populace treats it like a sporting event, cheering on the competitors, called "tributes," and placing bets on their lives.
    Despite long odds, Primrose's name is drawn, and Katniss steps forward to take her place in the arena.
    She's joined by Peeta Mellark, played by Josh Hutcherson, a baker's son. They're basically strangers, except for the fact that Peeta once saved Katniss from the brink of starvation. The District 12 tributes are whisked off to the Capitol, where they are wrapped in luxury while being prepared and trained for almost certain death.
    Fussing around the tributes is the clueless Effie Trinket, played by Elizabeth Banks, who can’t see the plight of these teenagers through her caked-on white makeup. The tributes are mentored by a drunk named Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson), the lone surviving victor of the Hunger Games from District 12.
    Lawrence is too old to be playing the 16-year-old Katniss. Aside from that, she's stunningly good in a role that fans of the book will demand a lot from. She's resolute yet terrified, a heroine fighting for her life but refusing to descend into depravity. Harrelson complements her with the right mix of surliness and heart.
    The tributes range from towering physical specimens who've trained their whole lives for the Games to slight young teens who never had a chance at survival. Once they are raised into the arena, an artificial mountain setting where the elements are manipulated from a high-tech control room, the killings begin. And it isn't pretty.
    Knives fly and bodies crumple. One boy has his throat slashed, while another has his neck broken.
    Ross, however, is able to mute some of the carnage, which no doubt helped the film avoid an R-rating. Many of the killings are implied, taking place off screen, or depicted from a distance or through a shaking camera lens. But they are no less harrowing.
    The tension among the desperate tributes, the starving districts and the callous Capitol residents is always kept tight. One particularly heartbreaking scene depicts a lobby where bets are being placed on the tributes. Haymitch looks across the room to see young children opening a gift from their father, which turns out to be a sword. He is noticeably pained as the children playfully act out a killing.
    Ross, who co-wrote the script with Collins, makes it awfully difficult not to ache for the tributes and downright impossible to view the Games the way the Capitol populace does.
    The book's devotees will miss some complexities and nuances of the written work. And at a lengthy two hours and 22 minutes, it's difficult to imagine the conclusion feeling rushed, but it does. The visuals are also likely to disappoint those who have vivid images of the opulent and grotesque Capitol lifestyle in their heads. Still, it's a faithful adaptation, and fans of the book should be satisfied, if not thrilled.
    "The Hunger Games" is not carefree entertainment, and it's not for young kids. But those mature enough to see the violence in context, handle the heavy themes and undergo a periodic shredding of their emotions are in for a captivating experience.
    "The Hunger Games" is rated PG-13 for intense violent thematic material and disturbing images — all involving teens; running time: 142 minutes

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  • (Female)

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    Only watch this movie if you've read the series first!! And only if you're 11 or older. I saw this the first time in the theater, and watched a second time with my 11-year-old daughter. We had many talks with her before and after she read the series to make sure she was grasping the higher level concepts and understood the books' messages. The same goes for the movie.

    The movie is a good adaptation of the book, so it's not surprising that the author was involved in the production. It was a bit too jerky for my taste, but I appreciated that the violence wasn't gratuitously shown. It's all off screen, save for a few close ups of a leg injury. Hopefully the rest of the movies will follow suit.

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  • (Male)

    ages 15+ | Worth Your Time

    I never read the books, but I couldn't stop hearing all of the good reviews from my friends. I felt that there was a lot of hype being built up for this movie and I honestly think that the film only lived up to about 75% of that hype. I think it was entertaining, but not to the point where I would want to own the film. Redbox might be a good option though.

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  • (Female)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    The film was much better than I expected. The lead Katniss was a great strong female role model. However, the film is very dark and violent. I would only recommend it for teens and up.

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  • (Male)

    Mature 17+ | Not Worth Your Time

    Not a fan of the whole Hunger Games story as entertainment, even given the political and social statements being made. Not thrilled about my children seeing it.

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  • (Female)

    ages 16+ | Worth Your Time

    I just did not like the killing involved in it. However the movie was good, and the end was fair enough.

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  • (Male)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    All in all it was an entertaining flic, but I definitely suggest getting some back to the story before you watch it. My in-laws rented it and watched it not knowing what it was and they were mortified by the "game." I thought the movie and story line were good, but it's tough to look past the central story of youth killing youth; even if there isn't much blood and guts it's still a little disturtbing.

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  • (Male)

    ages 15+ | Not Worth Your Time

    I didn't read the books, and perhaps if I did I might have liked it better. It was okay, but very violent and bloody. I didn't find any of the characters endearing and it felt like it was rushed to film after the books got popular. Definitely could have used more development time in my opinion.

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  • (Male)

    ages 15+ | Worth Your Time

    The whole story line of the Hunger Games is pretty messed up. Living in a society that the children have to fight each other in as a yearly sacrifice and the people treat it almost as a celebration. If you can get past that, than you'll love the book and movie. The book was better than the movie, but most books are. I felt like they did a good job of not being graphic with the violence, and trying to stay true to the book with the movie. There were details that were changed, but all in all, it was a good show.

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  • (Female)

    ages 15+ | Worth Your Time

    Well done adaption. Kids would be confused and disturbed by the themes more than the actual violence.

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  • (Male) Deseret News Critic

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    Speaking from the perspective of someone who hasn't read a single sentence of Suzanne Collins' popular young adult novels, "The Hunger Games" stands out as a surprisingly engaging sci-fi yarn that won't leave non-fans feeling like they missed something the whole time. The film boasts a pretty stellar cast, including oddball choices like Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland and Lenny Kravitz, but really, it's only Jennifer Lawrence's performance as Katniss Everdeen that could keep "The Hunger Games" from crashing, and she pulls it off. Katniss is a welcome change of pace for movie heroines--strong-willed, resourceful, and down to earth. As many have pointed out, she's a good role model for girls and boys alike. The only real complaint with "The Hunger Games" is that it occasionally shows its seams in the form of some wonky CG effects. For the first entry in a guaranteed franchise, though, this is a pretty strong beginning. Obviously, though, a movie depicting kids murdering each other in a televised competition is definitely not meant for younger kids even though, all things considered, the onscreen violence is pretty toned down.

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  • (Male)

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    Good movie but I wouldn't show it to my 9 or 6 year old that want to see it since their older sister saw it and has read all the books. Too much "fight to the death" violence.

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  • (Male)

    ages 15+ | Not Worth Your Time

    Man that was a bad movie. Too long and really boring. Also anticlimactic.

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  • (Female)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    Very faithful to the book. Not for young children.

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  • (Male)

    No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    Sorry, didn't read the books but agreed to go because of my wife. While I wasn't bored during the movie, I left with a very sick feeling in my stomach. I am still appalled at the amount of attention this book and movie have received. I realize the main character is trying to do right, but I just can't get over the entire story line. Not a good movie.

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  • (Female)

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    This film stuck very close to the book (apart from a few small details), which is always difficult to do. I genuinely enjoyed this movie and would have appreciated it being a half hour longer than its 2 hours. I think it is appropriate for children to see if they first read the book(s) with their parents or an adult and discuss the underlying themes of the story. If you don't understand the story within the story, you will be disturbed by the killing of children by other children. If you understand the meaning of the film, you will thoroughly enjoy it. Violence was heavy but not graphic.

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  • (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    The violence was toned down from the books to an acceptable amount for a PG-13. There is a neck that is snapped seen from a distance, and some blood during the initial chaos that ensues at the cornucopia when the games start. I feel if the violence had been depicted exactly how it was in the novel it would have been pushing an R rating. There are a few instances of language but on the 'milder' side of swear words. As far as sexual material it was pretty minimal. Peeta and Katniss cuddle up next to each other and kiss on some occasions and some of the outfits worn by tributes and members of the capital were slightly revealing but nothing really explicit.

    The movie stuck to the story fairly well omitting or adapting a few details but overall a good replica of what took place.

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  • (Male)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    While some may argue that the Hunger Games is too violent, they should bear in mind that it it's actually negating violence. That said, I wouldn't let any kid under 11 go and see this movie.

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  • (Male)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    The movie was entertaining but not stellar. I haven't read any of the books and felt some of the emotional parts of the movie were rushed and not fully developed and hence came off a bit cheesy. Overall, it was a good movie but not a great movie.

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  • (Male)

    ages 15+ | Not Worth Your Time

    Despite having read the book some time ago, the Hunger Games movie kept me on the edge of my seat. But while it is an exciting film, some of the scenes are very disturbing to watch. It is not a movie I walked out of wanting to see again in the near future.
    I enjoy the characters of the story, and I thought the acting in the film was pretty spot on. I was especially impressed with Josh Hutcherson (Peeta) and Stanley Tucci (Cesar Flickerman).

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  • (Male)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    The Hunger Games is very well made. I enjoyed the characters, the scenes, the story, and the message. However, it does contain some disturbing violence. It deserves every bit of its PG-13 rating, and only older kids mature enough to handle such a theme should see it. Parents should preview the movie before letting their children watch it.
    Now, while it does contain violence, the violence is not glorified, in fact it is depicted almost as its own character, one that is oppressive and menacing, the antagonist of the film. The main characters try to avoid it as much as they can.
    The movie also contains terrific subtlety which contrasts the superfluous Capitol against the starving outer districts. The characters are well depicted and the scenes are artful enough to draw you in without using too much special effects which detract from the story.
    If you can view the violence of the film in the correct way, then this movie is definitely worth your time.

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  • (Female)

    ages 15+ | Worth Your Time

    I hadn't read the books before seeing the movie, but I knew the basic concept. However, I was still surprised by how much of it was game (and could interfere) to those who weren't forced to play.
    Yes, the movie is well done, however heed the PG-13 rating for violence and the disturbing concept of pitting teenagers against each other in a gladiator-style competition. I did enjoy seeing what Katniss did do to play as "fair" as possible.

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  • ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    Having read all three books in The Hunger Game Series I was both excited ad nervous about the movie coming out.

    I was excited to see the visual effects, especially the costumes. While the movie had some amazing costumes, I felt at times the movie was trying to hide a lack of costume design (especially during the parade).

    I was nervous about the movie because I didn't want it to ruin a beloved book. While at first I was worried about the casting and being too old. It did not bother me during the movie. I thought all the actors played their role well.

    While I enjoyed the movie, what I missed the most was the character develop. As I read the books there were several main characters that played critical roles in the story line. However, in the movie it is all about Katniss. I really felt focusing in on the one character ruined the message of the books to me. It just didn't have the same impact.

    Another point that I did not understand is why they changed how she got the mockingjay pin. I understand having to shorten a book for a movie, but don't change the important points.

    I enjoyed the movie, but wouldn't see it again. Fun movie, but not much more.

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  • (Male)

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    If you have not read the books ( as I have not ), it is important that, before you go into the movie, you ask around and learn a little bit about the setting of The Hunger Games. There is really not a lot of introductory exposition, so for those unfamiliar with the setup the movie may seem a little vague and disjointed. I am lucky enough to know several people who read the books and were able to set me up with introductory information, which helped a lot.

    If one wanted to nit-pick the film, they certainly could. Katniss is entirely too old for her role ... as are Peeta, Gale, Kato, and several others in the movie. The film concentrates a bit too much on the games and the training and not enough on the important storyline of an oppressive tyrannical government separating and controlling their citizens while living in luxury. During the games, one doesn't get any sense of danger or tension as the characters seem to walk nonchalantly through the forest with no care of exposure or fear of traps or hunters. If one wanted to really analyze it, in the end the movie is entirely too casual and shallow and really misses what it could have been.

    All of that said, however, it really is still an enjoyable watch. I enjoyed the costuming, the general storyline, and the concept. Watching the movie has peeked my interest enough that I am going to now read the book series. So in the end I would say that despite all of the misses on the potential of the movie to be truly epic and amazing, it does still come off as a casually enjoyable flick worth at least a Netflix or Redbox viewing.

    Values-wise, the only real worry in the movie is violence. There are a couple of brutal killings, though the movie is careful to minimize the blood and gore. The target audience of the movie is young teenagers and I would not feel uncomfortable sharing this movie with such an audience.

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  • (Female)

    ages 16+ | Worth Your Time

    The movie was entertaining and kept me on the edge of my seat; however, I do not believe it is "ok" for youngsters. There is a lot of violence. There is sexual content to this series. Also, I find it very disturbing for this country to offer up teenagers as sacrifices. How bizarre and morbid is this movie? Definitely not something children should be watching, as they will closely relate to the "tributes" (or "sacrifices" as I see it). Adults can decide what to watch; however, I believe this series should be rated "R" to protect children. Children's minds are not fully formed and they will not fully grasp the movie as adults do. The younger the child, the more mental damage this series can have (because younger thought processes and patterns are not formed to understand and interpret the movie as adults do).

  • (Female)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    As a huge fan of the book series, it was amazing to see the book come to life on screen. I thought it was one of the best book to movie spectacles I've seen. The acting was great, the script was entertaining, and it was beautifully done.

  • clearplay.com

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Violence as entertainment is more than a metaphor for sports and war. Aside from being a brilliant concept that hits uncomfortably close to home, The Hunger Games is well made and compelling. Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar–nominated for Winter’s Bone, adds gravitas to the role in this above–average adaptation. I just wouldn’t be too eager to show it to the whole family... See Full Review

  • (Female)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    My husband and I went and saw the movie over Thanksgiving. You really need to read the books to understand the second movie. He would explain so now I have to read them.

  • (Female)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Love it and hate to wait for the next one

  • (Male)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    The hunger games is great for fans of the books and very great movie for kinds under. 13 years old

  • (Male)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    Very inventive story, great acting and wonderful cast. Has a little much violence in it for the younger crowd. It's Lord of the Flies meets The Giver.

  • (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    Hurt my eyes a little bit with all of the shaky close-ups. Otherwise, the movie was fine. Not good for younger kids.

  • (Male)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Surprisingly well written movie with exceptional cast.

  • (Female)

    ages 15+ | Worth Your Time

    Like Harry Potter, a lot of parents are outraged at the premise of this film. And well they should be if they have no first-hand knowledge of the book! It is absolutely essential to understand first that this is a commentary on a shallow consumer society desensitized so much that they think of mortal combat as entertainment.
    This was a pretty good adaptation of the book and I enjoyed watching it come to life. However, as with any movie made from a book, there are things I would change - particularly the casting of some characters. Peeta, though lovable, is too small to be believable as a baker's son.
    I did appreciate how they shortened the mutts scene near the end, as that part of the book was terrifying. This is definitely not for children or even young teens. I would recommend it only to those who can understand its true meaning.

  • (Male)

    ages 15+ | Worth Your Time

    I did not read the books and really had no clue what this was about before I saw it and I enjoyed the movie greatly and also picked up on the subtle real life hints it drops throughout. Good movie go rent it!

  • ages 15+ | Worth Your Time

    Like Harry Potter, a lot of parents are outraged at the premise of this film. And well they should be if they have no first-hand knowledge of the book! It is absolutely essential to understand first that this is a commentary on a shallow consumer society desensitized so much that they think of mortal combat as entertainment.
    This was a pretty good adaptation of the book and I enjoyed watching it come to life. However, as with any movie made from a book, there are things I would change - particularly the casting of some characters. Peeta, though lovable, is too small to be believable as a baker's son.
    I did appreciate how they shortened the mutts scene near the end, as that part of the book was terrifying. This is definitely not for children or even young teens. I would recommend it only to those who can understand its true meaning.

  • (Female)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    I did not care for The Hunger Games, but my 13 year old loved it and she is really looking forward to the sequels.

  • (Female)

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    This was a great movie. I was glad that the movie did not show as much blood as I expected, and that it didn't have close-ups of the tributes killing each other.

  • (Female)

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    So, obviously you should read the book instead. The movie is fun, but the book is a billion times better. However, if your kid's is not much of a reader, pairing the two can be a really good exercise.

    I actually gave this a low age because I think the theme is so important. No, not that kids killing each other is cool...the whole part where people are being run by an oppressive government! Not to get all conspiracy theory on anyone, but it is important for kids to understand the importance of freedom AND tolerance.

    I also think it is an important reference to looking at ourselves as a nation. Often times we get caught up in how important our life is to us, we forget that those outside our sphere are human too. Sometimes the changes need to come from within (like our own country has problems, let's focus on them instead of the rest of the globe).

    We think of "third world" (I use quotation marks because this is an antiquated term that referred to any country who supported neither the US and capitalism or Russia and Communism during WW2 and the Cold War) as inferior places who are un-eduacated and oppressed...yet here we are in Hunger Games where our own country has regressed to harder times.

    So, if you plan to watch with your kid, I suggest exploring some history first: slavery in the south, the Cold War, Capitalism vs. Communism (any similarities?), and the Hero's Journey. There are plenty of other possibilities, but these could be fun.

  • (Female)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    Excellent! I caution what age you bring you own youth. Not for little kids for sure. There are disturbing themes and subject matter for youth that lack maturity. Otherwize... an awesome movie. Eagerly awaiting the next movie!

  • (Female)

    ages 16+ | Not Worth Your Time

    boring

  • ages 15+ | Worth Your Time

    This movie is very well done. I really do think you need to read the book to get the full effect of this movie. The whole idea of what takes place in this movie is a bit disturbing but I believe it was handled well on the screen.

  • (Male)

    No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    I sure didn't see what the big deal was about this movie.

  • (Male)

    ages 15+ | Not Worth Your Time

    This movie was based on a violent game forced upon children in which there is only supposed to be one survivor. If you watch this movie expect there to be quite a bit of violence.

  • (Male)

    ages 12+ |

    Nice one film

  • (Male)

    ages 15+ | Not Worth Your Time

    liked the show, but I think that the Movie/book series is too violent. I mean it is one thing to kill someone, but do it in that type of fashion. Getting together and just killing each other for the fun of it is not my type of entertainment.

  • (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    This movie is better then Twilight! In my opinion The Hunger Games brings you into it and makes you feel independent. There is over 20 people who die just trying to survive in there messed up lives! At least there are plenty of action scenes in this movie! I though The Hunger Games was worth the movie ticket.

  • (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    I have not read the Hunger Games books, so I had no idea what this was even about. I know that sometimes when you read a book and then see the movie you are disappointed. So with that being said I thought that this movie was great. Had I not seen it with some of my family who did read the book I would have been lost at times. They dont really describe the districts or why they have the hunger games. Your kinda left out on all of that. The movie is great and has lots of action. It is a but graphic to think that kids are killing each other, but its a good movie. I gave it a PG-13 rating just because of the violent factor. I will own this movie. I look forward to the next ones.

  • (Female)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Good movie but the book was much better.

  • (Female)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    Mature themes and violence left me with a 13+ rating to leave. Some 13 year olds would have no problem with the violence and some would be horrified. There is definite graphic violence in this movie and quite disturbing themes to some younger people. I found the movie well written and somewhat comparative to the book and found the directing fantastic. It is a great, unique adventure ride that most teenagers with a penchant for sci-fi or fast paced drama would find appealing. As an adult I also found this a great movie and thoroughly enjoyed the plot. Some acting was slightly off but over all it was worth the money at the theatre.

  • (Female)

    ages 10+ | Worth Your Time

    I enjoyed this film. The story was very interesting.

  • (Female)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    not as good as the book. not much character development. a little slow going too

  • (Female)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    A movie worth seeing, and worth a lot of thinking about after the credits. I would recommend you think about how your children will react to a movie about kids killing other kids. I would also recommend the books - excellent reads, and fills in parts the movie had to leave out.

  • (Male)

    ages 10+ | Worth Your Time

    great flick stayed as true to the book as they could

  • (Male) Deseret News Critic

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    I haven't read the book, but I was entertained by the movie. Given the content and story, I'd say this is more for adults and not for children. The violence can be intense considering these are young people.

  • (Male)

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    I never read the book and went see this movie due to my wife waiting to see it I was pleasant surprised sure there where a few places that seemed silly but that was more less my fault for not knowing the book over all good show

  • (Male)

    ages 15+ | Worth Your Time

    This is a very good movie but I would caution having young kids watch it. Even though much of the violence is tastefully done, its still quite disturbing to see kids hunting and killing each other. Even so, I enjoy this movie and have seen it a few times.

  • (Female)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    Was an amazing movie...not as good as the book, but very worth seeing!!

  • (Female)

    ages 16+ | Worth Your Time

    Gore galore, but it is true to the book for the most part. The book trilogy and movie(s) are for older, mature children and adults. I would not let my children watch this until they are old enough to understand the moral of the story.

  • (Female)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    Very true to the book - impressively so. The faint of heart may struggle with some of the killing scenes, but the character roles are powerful and the actors do a fantastic job of making those characters believable.

  • (Male)

    Mature 18+ | Worth Your Time

    Lots o' killing. Fun movie, fairly true to the book, just requires more maturity when watching the killing.

  • (Male)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    To me the book was just worlds better than the movie.

  • (Male)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    This film was surprisingly good. Especially compared to Twilight. It moved along at a good pace, though it didn't explain everything quite as well as I would have liked, not having read the book.
    The story idea is grisly, however, and that first scene in the arena is extremely violent (given that it's kids killing kids) with far more gore than I would have expected. That moment kind of soured me on the rest of the film, though I'm not sorry to have seen it.

  • (Male)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    I read the book right before I watched this. The movie adaptation is pretty good. I especially liked how they gave you a glimpse of how the games worked in a super-cool control room. This aspect was not present in the book. I felt this movie was good, but not great. Not sure where all the hype and popularity for this film comes from.
    The violence was tastefully done with as little blood and gore as possible, leaving all that to your imagination. This is still deserving of a high PG-13. Not for little ones.

  • (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    I loved this movie. There's no vulgarity but it was pretty violent. It's a great story that makes you grateful for the world you live in.

  • (Female)

    ages 15+ | Worth Your Time

    Follows the book quite well. It's disturbing at parts due to the nature of killing. But when you think analytically about it, you may even be more disturbed with the government rule and a totalitarian state.

  • (Male)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    Great flick. Hadn't read the book so didn't go with that bias. Really enjoyed it.

  • (Male)

    Not ok | Worth Your Time

    for violence

  • (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    Very fun movie to watch, and it stayed true to the book.

  • (Male)

    ages 15+ | Worth Your Time

    If you enjoyed the book, you'll likely enjoy the movie.

  • (Male)

    ages 15+ | Worth Your Time

    The only thing to worry about with this movie is violence. The concept of children killing one another for sport is disturbing for younger kids, but the movie is not extremely gory and would probably be OK for older teens. For adults, the violence is not over-the-top or shocking. However, some may be offended that the violence is between children and not adults.

    There is some tame romance between two teens but it is confined to kissing.

  • (Male)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    Very well done and well worth watching, esp. if you've read the book.

  • (Male)

    Mature 17+ | Worth Your Time

    Good story line, engaging/intriguing idea. Violence, however, seemed more like the R category and was prevalent throughout.

  • (Male)

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    Haven't read the book but the movie I am sure was better than the book.

  • (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    Hunger Games is a movie that was rated PG-13 not because of content but for themes. It seems that many times movies that are rated PG-13 are still movies you can bring your children too. Harry Potter was one of these. When I went to see the last Harry Potter I saw a lot of little kids there. However the main plot of Hunger Games is teenagers killing teenagers the content (which if it was adults killing adults would be a lot different) becomes a lot more gruesome.

    However, if your kids are old enough they will understand the point being made in the movie. Like any dystopia evil is necessary to be portrayed to show the problem of the societies. These games where kids are forced to kill show the horror of not only the capital but how violence is being glorified in modern media.

    It is a bit ironic that in order to show the problem with glorifying violence the film has to actually show violence. Children that are old enough will be able to see the difference between the two and it will provide for a great discussion about violence as a spectator medium.

  • (Male)

    ages 15+ | Worth Your Time

    This movie is not for 13 year olds. I would recommend that nobody under 15 watches it.

    The things that happen in the movie and books are quite disturbing when you think of teenagers killing each other in a "survival of the fittest" type scenario.

    However, when you consider the actual theme and the dangers of a totalitarianism the violence isn't as disturbing. The message is great when you think of it as overthrowing a dictatorial regime and letting people have power.

  • (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    My wife and I couldn't wait to see this movie. I thought the movie was well done and well acted. There are so many small details from the book, that they all couldn't be included in the movie, but it is very true to the book. Since the book is violent, the movie is too, and can be disturbing at times. The filming is really shaky (in order to give you the feel of being Katniss' shoes), and it can be confusing at times. Overall it was a great movie, and puts the book onto the big screen in a cohesive way.

  • (Male)

    Mature 17+ |

    I didn't enjoy this movie. The Violence was beyond my enjoyment. I felt that I wasted my Money to see one overcoming the odds of staying alive. I would not see this movie again. I wouldn't let any child even see it at all.

  • (Female)

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    It was a very good movie! Nothing compared to the book, but still very good! I went to see it at midnight in opening night. It should be rated PG-13 for violence and disturbing images.

  • (Male)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    I LOVE this movie! It is essentially flawless: the cast is perfect, the action is amazing and Gary Ross does an amazing directing job! Jennifer Lawerence is perfect as Katniss Everdeen and Josh Hutcherson is an amazing Peeta Mellark. Elizabeth Banks shines as Effie Trinket and Isabelle Furhman and Amandla Stenberg are witty and dark tributes in the games. Thank you, Gary Ross!

  • (Female)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    This is the best book to movie that I've seen yet. While there are some obvious changes it was so close to what you picture if you have read the books. Absolutely loved it and really loved how they handled putting in the death scenes without too much gore!

  • (Female)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    This movie is worth your time because it keeps you in suspense and is not just another love story. The character are awesome and the set up is great. The movie is very similar to the book and if you liked the book then you are most likely to like the movie. With the exceptions that the movie will never live up the book and it will be impossible to ever do. But overall a great movie. I think is appropriate for teens, anyone younger will not understand the story line.

  • (Female)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    I haven't read the book yet so I can't compare to that, but I loved it. It was suspenseful and interesting. Full of life and color. My one complaint about it was that at certain points the filming made me a little motion sick. All in all a great show and I took my 2 year old to it without any problems.

  • (Female)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    Amazing movie! While nothing could ever be as great as the book, I thought the movie did a very good job at portraying the most important aspects of the book. As expected from reading the book, the movie is not appropriate for the under 13 crowd as far as violence goes.

  • (Female)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    A good book adaptation

  • (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    Though provoking

  • (Male)

    Mature 18+ | Not Worth Your Time

    The movie is violent to the point of disturbing. It is definitely not worth your time, especially if you have youngsters with you.

  • (Male)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    I read all three books about a week before seeing the movie. I thought the movie did a pretty good job of sticking to the book. There were a few small things that they changed or left out that I was surprised they did but I understand they had to cram a lot of things into the movie. Parts of the movie still seemed pretty rushed though.

    The whole book is from Katniss' perspective and there is a great deal of narration, thoughts, and flashbacks by her in the book. I thought this would be very difficult to do in the movie, but they did a great job explaining the things the audience needed to know in other ways like by showing the districts, the television, the Gamemakers or the fortune cookie type notes Haymitch sends with the parachutes. In the book Katniss pretty much thinks the things that are written on these, so this was a good was to show the same thing in the movie.

    I liked the few things they added in the movie that we didn't get to see in the book because of it only being in Katniss' perspective. It was neat to see the Gamemakers in their control room directing the events that happen in the game. It really reminded me of The Truman Show, a great movie with some similar themes. It was also interesting to see President Snow's talks with Seneca Crane, the Head Gamemaker and then Crane's execution by being locked in a room with Nightlock, the same plant that Katniss used to force him into letting both her and Peeta win, giving hope to the districts.

    The movie, like the books is quite violent, but they did a good job of minimizing the blood. Still one tribute coldly breaking another's neck was quite violent.

    Overall I think the movie was a good adaption of the book, but the book is able to show you many things the movie can't. If you enjoyed the movie, you should definitely read the books.


Okfor ages12+