• Released
  • March 23, 2012
  • (Available in IMAX for One Week Only!)
  • PG-13 , 2 hr 22 min
  • Action/Adventure
    Drama
The Hunger Games: The IMAX Experience Synopsis
In a place once known as North America, youths fight to the death in a nationally televised contest.

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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
As tough-spirited as fans would hope for - and exciting and thought-provoking in a way few adventure dramas ever are.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
A muscular, honorable, unflinching translation of Collins' vision. It's brutal where it needs to be, particularly when children fight and...
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
My advice is to keep your eyes on Lawrence, who turns the movie into a victory by presenting a heroine propelled by principle instead of...
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75

NPR

By Bob Mondello
The Hunger Games' pacing is brisk, its stakes as high as stakes get, and its leading lady engaging enough that the odds - at the box office...
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
What The Hunger Games does have is a game cast, a large budget well spent, Collins on board as co-writer, and Lawrence as Katniss.
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75

USA Today

By Scott Bowles
The action is brisk, the acting is solid, and barring an unlikely failure at the box office, a franchise is born. Let the games begin.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
This is better than any of the "Twilights." It features a functioning creative imagination and lots of honest-to-goodness acting by its...
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
As she did in her breakthrough film Winter's Bone, Jennifer Lawrence anchors this futuristic and politicized elaboration of The Most...
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
It also smells very much like a movie with money on its mind - not altogether successfully balancing its loftier ideas with a sense of...
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30

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
In The Hunger Games it's both a feast of cheesy spectacle and a famine of genuine feeling, except for the powerful - and touchingly...
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Worth staying up for the midnight show

By rantnnravin
Hunger Games (no spoilers): Cinematography: Raw, frenetic - enhances the mood and surreal quality of things happening around Katniss Story: excellent, but some ideas were not fully elaborated and...

Hungry for more

By Krash69
I know there are inevitably differences when books are made into movies but that doesn't mean it is unfair for readers of the book to use it as a litmus test. While the movie was an entertaining...

The Hunger Games - Cinematic Excellence!

By Mid-Atlantic-Neal
I read all 3 books & looked forward to this screen adaptation, which turned out Superb. LOVED IT! Reading the book(s) 1st is not necessary, but will enrich your viewing experience by allowing you to...

Hunger for this movie

By Darkola
This is one of the better movies I have seen in some time now, I've seen alot of hype for this movie, and as far as I'm concerned, its lived up to it. I'd advise paying attention to the beginning,...

Great Movie - Awful in IMAX

By Kell108
This movie rocked it - great adaptation from the book. Enthralling and exciting. BUT!!!!! The IMAX version is AWFUL!! I've been to tons of IMAX movies without an issue, but this one made me...

Awesome movie; ****** theatre

By Grikgod
I expected to like this movie and I did. They did a fantastic job adapting the book for the screen, and it came across pretty well. The movie was long, but did not feel stretched out, rather a bit...

The Hunger Games: The IMAX Experience

By bmrivera
This movie was a good screen adaptation of the book. Saying that, if you have not read the book prior to seeing the movie, there won't be any connections to certain characters. The cinematography was...

dark, depressing subject, too little backstory

By robgindc
If you haven't read the book/s, or been told about them by someone who has, soomething is lost by the lack of a backstory. A few lines during the opening and a few visual & conversational references...

Good,but not great....

By akt128
I thought that the movie was good, but not great. The beginning was amazing and you can really feel the tension and dispair within District 12. But as the movie progressed....I wanted more. More...

True (mostly) to the book

By kbmagic
Really enjoyed this movie and was happy they kept it true to the book (for the most part). I'm looking forward to the sequels! The only thing that I didn't enjoy was the camera work. They tried to...

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Rated PG-13 | For Intense violent thematic material and disturbing images - all involving teens
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 13+ Intense adaptation is violent, thought-provoking for teens.
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