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100

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 bleed.
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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 hooking up with the cutest boy.
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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 at least - will be ever in its favor.
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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 star, Jennifer Lawrence.
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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 Dangerous Game with impressive gravity and presence, while director Gary Ross gets enough of what matters in the book up on the screen to satisfy its legions of fans worldwide.
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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 superficial whimsy and Vegas-meets-Wizard of Oz production design.
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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 vulnerable - presence of Jennifer Lawrence.
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67 out of 100
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