Reader's Respond: Fans Give Their 'Hunger Games' Reviews

Theaters across the globes are packed with movie goers as The Hunger Games finally made its theatrical debut this Friday. The much anticipated flick set the record of biggest midnight showing for a non-sequel movie -- raking in over $19 million before sunrise! Although movie critics have been raving about the adaptation, we want to hear what you -- the true Hunger Games fans -- thought of the flick.

Was it better than the books? Did it do author Suzanne Collins proud? Here are some of the reviews off our Facebook:

Vicki C-C. -- Saw it last night at the midnight show. It was excellent!

Annie B. -- Emotional the whole time!!!

Garrett O. -- outstanding, almost perfect!

Mia M. -- it was AMAZING!!!!

Reena C. -- i just wanna say i love The Hunger Games so so so much and even though they left out certain parts i wanted to see in the movie THE MOVIE TURNED OUT LOVELY YAY MUCH LOVE

Jarvie M. -- simply amazing

Jessy C. -- Loved it!

Renea F. -- Just saw it loved it!!!!!!!

However, a few stray Mockingjays were not as pleased with the film.

Eunice F. -- I just watched it yesterday, good movie not great but good movie. The book was still better.

Jenny L. -- To much blah, blah, blah and not enough action.. Overall was ok..

Ronalda S. -- terrible movie!!!!! saw it last night

Did you see the movie yet? If so, do you agree with these reviews? Continue the debate in the comments below!



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  • trucks

    Very useful article.I will shaare on my FB

  • mileyismylife

    Jennifer is perection, complete and utter perfection

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  • TheRealMMK

    and Woody Harrelson is also perfect as Haymitch! :D

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  • Mark Skeet Johnson
    Mark Skeet Johnson

    Reminded me of The Truman Show Meets The Gladiator. Jennifer is HOT!

  • SparkleDiva

    Seasoned citizen viewer here and I have read the trilogy. I was mesmerized by the books, often in an Orwellian, futuristic frightening way but I was very disappointed in the movie and yes, I do know that it was not possible to develop every plot and character to the full extent the book(s) did. The movie seemed very uneven and poorly produced and the acting was very wooden with the characters feeling very flat and not rich and full. I do believe the subject matter is for mature readers and audiences and am very disturbed by the number of young readers and classes that are studying and viewing this material.

  • W.Crist

    I did not read the book, wish I had, but I thought the movie was okay, seemed to me very over rated.. Kept my interest but ending was predictable. I actually thought the idea of watching your children being taken away to an almost inevitable death not my idea of a great movie in any way. Many other movies were much better than this but did not get the publicity this one did.. sorry to say.

  • Cassie

    Everyone needs to understand that when you make a movie from a book that they will cut stuff out. If the movie was exactly like the book it would be around 8 hours long. I think that the movie was AMAZING, and they did a wonderful job. I can't wait to see Catching Frire and when The Hunger Games comes out on DVD, that way I can watch it all the time! :)

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  • Elissa

    You took the words right out of my mouth. I agree with you 100%. Also they left out the part were Peeta gets his artificial leg.

  • Blaze

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  • Blaze

    I waited in line for 12 hours to watch the hungers, and frankly I was very, very disappointed. They left out so much stuff from the book, its barley the same. For example, the mockingjay pin. In the book Katniss's friend Madge gave it to her, but in the movie Madge doesn't even exist and the way the pin is introduced leaves it with absolutely no sentimental value. I personally hated the way they did that. They were many things that were left out and I will just name a few: the love triangle between Katniss, Peeta, and Gale, they don't show this at all, in the movie they just make it seem that Katniss is in love with Peeta they don't even really talk about her connection with Gale, how she has to hunt to keep her family alive, her prep team, the force field around the rooftop (which is a big part in the other books), Rue's cannon when she dies, all the bonding and romance involved in the cave scene, Peeta's sarcasm and all of his personality. I don't like how Katnss is taller than Peeta either. I don't think Josh was the right person to play Peeta, he’s a great actor and all but her doesn't fit the part. Also during the first 30 minutes I thought for sure that I was going to throw up, the camera would stop constantly moving, it gave me such a bad headache. If you read the books and then watched the movie, you would be very disappointed, but if you didn't read the books and just watched the movies, you wouldn't know what the heck is going on. I wish they would have stuck to the books more, I know that they don't want the movie to be extremely long, but I don't think the audience would mind. The whole movie seemed very rushed. They could have made this into an awesome movie, but frankly they just left me confused and disappointed.

  • Emily

    I agree with you, though I also wish they showed Rue and Katniss' bond a bit more. I also thought that at some points where it wasn't necessary they shook the camera a bit, which made me slightly dizzy... (ex. when Katniss is on her way to the forest to hunt) however, I am pleased with the amount of gore they did put in, considering the rating, they did enough so that you could tell they were dying or dead, but not enough that it grosses people out (considering, once again, the PG-13 rating)

  • F

    The funny thing is that battle royale and hunger games might be similar in a few things but there's so much more to the movie than just the game. I love Battle Royale but I don't feel like they're the same movie at all. And The Hunger Games is sort of a political and social statement, which Battle Royale isn't!

  • Eff

    That's not true actually, I was the only one in my whole family who had read the books but no one else found it hard to understand, and believe me, my family is slow! Haha :) So don't worry, it really is a MUST SEE for everyone

  • Courtney

    I thought that the movie was terrific! It differed in a few respects from the books, but that didn't take away from its genius. It was such an excellent story. The filming techniques were so dramatic and cool, and the actors were all very good! I loved the people they chose as tributes, and Jennifer Lawrence was a flawless Katniss. I wish there had have been a little more visibility during the killing, but I totally understand why there wasn't and I don't think it takes away from the movie. Overall, the movie did not disapoint. I wish there had been a little more between Peeta and Katniss, but there was enough to keep me satisfied. This is definitely one of my favorite movies now!

  • Stephanie

    To be completely honest, the movie was at least 20 times better than I expected it to be. Yes, many parts were missing, and/or changed, but the overall plot was still intact. I've read the trilogy several times, and even though they didn't portray relationships between characters in the best possible way, they still followed the book more than any other movie out there. Jennifer Lawrence, as an actress portraying Katniss, did an amazing job. Josh Hutcherson played Peeta very well, and so did Liam Hemsworth, in playing Gale. I liked the change in point of view, because the book is told in first person, but the movie is made in third person, while focusing mostly on Katniss. Reviewers who complained about seeing too much Katniss obviously don't understand that the books were written that way, so that's the way it should be. Unfortunately, the PG-13 rating did not make the movie as interesting as it could have been, and personally, I was getting slightly dizzy from the constantly moving camera during the fighting scenes. The movie would have turned out almost flawless if they gave it a higher rating, say 14A, or even rated R. Overall, it was a wonderful movie, and even according to my friendeds that haven't read the books, they loved it.

  • Catgirl

    Here is what I think: Goods- -the actors they chose were great for their characters and did an amazing job at acting. -the forest was a lot like I imagined it, as was district 12 -they did a good job of making the capitol people look hilarious -they followed the storyline and plot very well, actually adding a few parts that I think made the movie better -They did most of the deaths accurately, but not in too much detail that it was gruesome and disturbing -it was exciting, intense, and emotional (not as much as the book, of course) and even though I was at the midnight premiere I was wide awake the whole time -the characters stayed to true to what they acted like in the book -I especially loved Haymitch, Peeta, and Cato. They were all very much how I imagined them. -I really liked how Ceaser Flickerman and Claudias Templesmith were doing the show for all of Panem to see. Bads- -it was too rushed. I wish that it could have been longer so we could have gotten to know the characters better and have the movie include more scenes, but I understand that they probably couldn't make it much longer than it is. -the muttations were I imagined them. I think they should have been more like what they were in the book -the avoxes should have done something -other than these I was extremelt impressed and pleased with this movie.

  • Shahjehan Khan
    Shahjehan Khan

    It was epic!!!

  • Catgirl

    I agree with Marlene. The Hunger Games has a much deeper meaning than the kids killing other kids. There are a lot of great lessons you can learn from the series, which are all too hard for me to explain and put into words. It seems distubing at first, but when you read the book, you understand it a little bit more.

  • Catgirl

    November 13th..... of NEXT YEAR. *cries* don't think I live that long. I agree that the movie was amazing, and they should have had the avox girl do something. But I do think that Josh Hutcherson makes a perfect Peeta, as Josh is just like Peeta in real life, and he looks a lot like I imagined, aside from the eye color.

  • Catgirl

    I'm sorry you feel that way. In my opinion, they couldn't have done much better. They did what they could in a limited amount of time, and (if you didn't know) Suzanne Collins helped in the screenplay, so some of the events that happened in the movie but not in the book, were scenes that she pictured in her mind as she was writing the book. I loved the beginning and would have liked to see the capitol a little bit more, especially the train ride. And I especially feel that they chose AMAZING actors. They show good expression and body language. I love the books and think they are better, but Gary Ross did a tremendous job with this film.

  • Ashley

    I just got back from watching the movie, and it did not disapoint. The person who they chose to give her the Mockingjay pin threw me off at first, but then I thought about it more and it seemed to fit nicely. I absolutely love the way they portrayed the characters! And the fact that they showed what happened in District 11 after the Rue scene! Absolutely brilliantly wonderful. I was so worried they'd completely flub the movie, and it wouldn't compare at all to the book. Thank the Movie God that the director was brilliant. Jennifer played Katniss perfectly, and though I wasn't happy with the choice for Peeta, I think he was almost just as good as her. And Gale? Perfect. Some parts that were added or taken out were annoying (Avox girl, for one!), but it still flowed nicely. All in all, I loved it. And I'm extremely hard to please when it comes to my favorite books. Now, when's Catching Fire coming out?

  • Catgirl

    I mostly agree, especially with it being rushed and all, but the last thing you said about the death scenes, I disagree with. Mostly. They couldn't make the death scenes to gruesome or anything because of the PG-13 rating, but I wish they had gotten Cato's death a bit more accurate. Also Thresh's death, who in the film was killed by the muttations and AFTER Foxface, (where as in the book, he was killed before Foxface, and was most likely killed by Cato) I wish had stayed true to the book. I was satisfied with Glimmer's death though.

  • Ashley

    Exactly! I was thinking the same thing as I watched the Rue scene. In the book, they bonded so much more - they became as close to sisters as you could in that situation. I actually liked the relationship between her and Haymitch, though they were a tad bit nicer to each other in the movie than they were in the book. Cinna and Katniss were absolutely perfect.

  • Shae

    I am a huge fan of the Hunger Games books. This first movie adaptation cannot even begin to do the book justice. The actors were poorly chosen, the acting was hugely below par; there were crucial and integral pieces of the plot that were either changed so drastically that they did not make sense, or left out completely. So much so, that if I had not read the books, I would not have been able to come close to understanding it. If people were honest, I don't think many of them did, especially those who have read the books, and those who have are likely just happy that it is out there. However, if they were completely honest, I don't think they could really say it came close to capturing the essence or feel of the book. The first part of the movie dragged on forever without giving much of the history that would help one understand the plot, and the "hunger games" part in the arena was more than rushed, seeming as if it lasted only a few days, when it was actually weeks. It did not develop the relationships between characters enough, and would have been better off done in 2 parts in order to accomplish this. I could go through from beginning to end of the movie, listing all of the mistakes, but I won't, as it would be much too long. Every couple of minutes during the movie I was pointing out something to my friend that was either changed, left out, or strangely enough, just randomly added in that didn't belong. Anyone with half a brain could have done it better.

  • Olivia

    I completely agree with the Cinna relationship. It was absolutely perfect. They did a great job.

  • Suzy

    I agree. The one relationship that I thought they got perfect was the relationship between her and Cinna. For having so little interaction between the two you could tell how much they just genuinely cared about each other as was portrayed in the books.

  • Olivia

    Saw it at the midnight premiere. I've been an avid fan since the books came out so I had pretty high standards. I think they matched the book pretty well but it still felt a little rushed to me. SPOILERS ALERT: I didn't think the Rue scene was developed enough because I feel like their whole relationship was not shown very deeply. Yes, it's a movie with limited time but still. I cried in the books when she died and I only teared up in the movie. I also didn't get a good sense of the Katniss and Haymitch relationship like in the books. Also, her relstionship with Peeta wasn't the best it could have been. The cave scene disappointed me a little because we know that in the books their relationship was more physical and they kissed maybe 2 or 3 times in the movie. I think the parachutes with Haymitch's note helped to the people who haven't read the books. Also, I was expecting the train scene on the way back between Peeta and Katniss to be different. I thought Peeta would be surprised she was faking their relationship but that's not how it happened in the movies. Again, I shouldn't be comparing it to the books too much, but it's hard not to. Overall I though it matched the books (dialogue) pretty well and I am going to see it again tomorrow to think about it more. I still loved the movie, but it was a little rushed. I think that if you hadn't read the books it was hard to follow and get a sense of the deeper meanings of the rebellion and the repercussions of Katniss' actions. Still, I think the producers did a very good job because most of the books were in Katniss' point of view and were description and thoughts. Also, the death scenes could've been better.

  • Marlene

    Agreed, it is disturbing, but it's not the kids' choice. It's the choice of the Capitol to make the people "pay" for rebelling (by sacrificing their children in the Hunger Games) If you read the book, you would understand it better. It's about much more than kids killing kids.

  • Suzanne

    Saw the movie this morning. I can't quite put into words how I feel about it. I didn't LOVE it, but I didn't hate it either. I think Jennifer Lawrence did an excellent job and there were about three time that I was moved to tears. It is bothering me that people are stuck on the "kids killing kids" thing. The overall story is so much bigger! If you read all three books you wil see that.

  • Brenda

    Kids killing kids, not good. I thought it was very disturbing.

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  • ez

    you say its a "MUST SEE" for everyone but peoplekeep saying that if you have not read the books you will find it hard to follow what is going on

  • Katie Greco
    Katie Greco

    Like any movie they leave things out that were in the books. It was a good movie, and I even cried when Rue died. I thought it could of been better, but oh well. I just hope they make Catching Fire and Mockingjay into movies too and not screw them up.

  • Tvdoc

    The fact that you're a grown man and follow the Twilight debacle just gave Hunger Games an A+ rating for me. I'm heading to the theater. Thanks.

  • Philip Wayne
    Philip Wayne

    I didn't read the books. I evaluated it from a standpoint of content, characters, etc. At best, I give the movie a B -. Interesting plot, deeper than most teens are getting. More about intoxication of young teen girls starved for love looking for their heart trob. Is the movie worth all the hype. No. Absolutely not. Like I said mainly for teen girls infatuated by their romantic idol. The female character is heroic so not as bad as twilight, were the woman is willing to give up her eternal soul to the devil.

  • Julio Robledo
    Julio Robledo

    I thought it was a great movie as well! Except when I saw it the first time it was called Battle Royal

  • Hiram B
    Hiram B

    I saw the Hunger Games last night, TERRIFIC MOVIE!!! I believe this is a 'MUST SEE' for everyone!!! The people who thought this movie was terrible; are you sure you saw the right movie?