Going into it, I think most assumed that the upcoming Gary Ross directed adaptation of The Hunger Games would be good, I just don’t think most thought it would be this good. Early reviews are hitting the internet for the film and, so far, there hasn’t been a single negative notice. With dozens of reviews available critics seem to be falling hard for Hunger Games.
On Rotten Tomatoes the movie currently has a stunning 100% fresh rating. While that’s sure to dip over the course of this week as a few predictably cranky naysayers chime in, don’t expect it to fall a lot. The Hunger Games is apparently more than just a good adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ dystopian future battle to the death, it’s a legitimately great feature film.
See for yourself. We’ve put together a breakdown of some of the most worthwhile Hunger Games reviews. Read these and check back for GFR’s take on the film later this week.
“Ross and crew succeed in converting Collins’ best-selling text to the screen, and fans should reward their efforts. When it comes to The Hunger Games, the odds are ever in this film’s favor.” – Sean O’Connell, Cinema Blend
“THE HUNGER GAMES is sure to please the many fans of the books yet it strives to be more than that. With a lesson in empathy, there is a sense that this kind of reality may be close at hand in our own civilization. The need for blood and the entertainment of seeing the worst in society is merely a preview as to what we might become.” – JimmyO, JoBlo.com
“As thrilling and smart as it is terrifying. There have been a number of big-gun literary series brought to screen over the past decade. This slays them all.” Olly Richards, Empire Online
“…the grit, gravity and empathy on display fuse into something fresh. There’ve been many, many survival-as-sport movies – The Most Dangerous Game, Punishment Park, Battle Royale, Series 7: The Contender – but The Hunger Games finds new ways to play.” Matthew Leyland, Total Film
“Science fiction’s defenders refer to the genre, in its highest moments, as “a literature of ideas.” The irony is that on film, the ideas in science fiction are often shoved to the back seat in favor of letting the images take the wheel—whether you think that the Transformers series is trash or treasure, the films’ only big idea is “Robot trucks are cool.” But in The Hunger Games, the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel (itself the first in a trilogy), the ideas and the characters drive the story.” James Rocchi, Box Office Magazine