The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

The penultimate Hunger Games chapter (with Suzanne Collins' final novel being split into two movies), with stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, the late Philip Seymour Hoffman and director Francis Lawrence all returning from Catching Fire. As the cries for rebellion against the autocratic Capitol give rise to action, Katniss reluctantly becomes the people's symbol of change.

2014Rating: M, Violence123 minsUSA
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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 / Reviews

Flicks, Steve Newall

Flicks, Steve Newall

Departing from the battle royale format of the two previous Hunger Games instalments, Mockingjay – Part 1 plunges the franchise into deeper terrain. Figuratively, with the pic continuing Katniss Everdeen’s trauma-fuelled mental disintegration and its subject matter becoming bleaker and more violent, as well as the literally underground setting in which much of Mockingjay’s talk of revolution plays out. Against this deep bunker backdrop the cast spend a lot of time sporting unflattering jumpsuits and talking about what is to come in the next chapter, truncated storytelling that hampers this working as a standalone pic.

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Variety

Variety

For all its obvious smarts and mildly provocative ideas, Mockingjay doesn’t seem to trust its audience quite as much as it clearly trusts its heroine.

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Total Film

Total Film

With measure and muscle, Lawrences Jennifer and Francis nail the job of selling the long, twisting road towards revolution.

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Time Out

Time Out

While it definitely takes its foot off the action, Mockingjay – Part 1 goes deeper and darker.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

The special effects are limp and the script a little creaky, although somehow it still manages to thrill.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Unfortunately, Mockingjay — Part 1 has all the personality of an industrial film.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

The drama and tone are powerful and effective and Lawrence makes an exceptionally charismatic heroine, but an almost total lack of action means this is less catching fire than treading water.

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