'The Hunger Games' Movie Reviews Start Rolling in from Critics

| by Michael Allen

The highly anticipated blockbuster 'The Hunger Games" is hitting the bullseye with critics, who are raving about the film and its Oscar-nominated star Jennifer Lawrence ('Winter's Bone'). The film is based upon the bestselling 2008 novel by Suzanne Collins.


Check out our photo gallery of 'The Hunger Games.'


The movie takes place in the future, in which a young girl and boy are picked, from various areas in North America, for a televised death contest. The film has received a 97% favorable rating on RottenTomatoes.com, which averages critics' reviews. Here are a few below.

The NY Daily News says the film is "anchored by a remarkable performance from Jennifer Lawrence and — it has to be said — can’t-look-away action. She gives a soulful, stern performance..."

ABC News reports: "In a word: spectacular.  Under Gary Ross’ direction, the games seem like an actual annual event he’s filmed before. Josh Hutcherson plays fellow tribute and potential love interest Peeta Mellark with subtlety and quiet confidence.  Also great is rock star Lenny Kravitz in his much buzzed-about role as Cinna."

Forbes magazine raves: "The Hunger Games” is a big, satisfying piece of entertainment. You can’t ask for anything more."

The Associated Press gushes: "The Hunger Games’ runs nearly two and a half hours in length but is the rare film that never drags and doesn't overstay its welcome. It could keep running as long as Katniss does, and we'd want to be right there every heart-pounding step of the way.”

The Hollywood Reporter predicts a huge box office: “This Lionsgate release is being positioned as the hottest property for the teen audience since ‘Twilight,’ and there's no reason to believe that box office results won't land roughly in that vaunted vicinity.”

The movie opens this Friday, but you can get a preview via our 'The Hunger Games' photo gallery.