BULLSEYE OR MISFIRE: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Reviews

By Dr. Know on November 21st, 2014

Critic Reviews for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

via Rotten Tomatoes

Mockingjay has more exposition than a TED Talk, more rubble than a decade of The Flintstones, and absolutely no nonmonetary reason to be Part 1 of anything. It isn’t storytelling. It’s a filibuster.

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Wesley Morris
Grantland
As an actress, Lawrence has grown beyond this sort of thing, and the entire enterprise, directed by Francis Lawrence, feels like a massive placeholder for the grand finale.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
The effect of so many Oscar-calibre actors speaking the generic dialogue is like watching pro ballplayers play T-ball.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
“Mockingjay – Part 1,” however well done, can’t compete with the first two films, although it sets up what should be its stunning ending well enough.

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Tom Long
Detroit News
If Mockingjay – Part 1 is quieter and less flashy than its predecessors, that doesn’t make it less satisfying.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
Once you accept that the splitting of Mockingjay is a business decision, not a dramatic imperative, Part 1 comes off as a curiously satisfying nonaction movie.

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
There’s dramatic tension, a good deal of emotion, and one heck of a setup for the next movie. But frequently this warm-up seems like it’s huffing and puffing without generating a lot of real heat.

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Neil Pond
Parade Magazine
May not work on a stand-alone level, but if you’ve become invested in the series, it’s an important, thoughtful bridge between what has already happened and what is yet to come.

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Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
Mockingjay succeeds where the book failed

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Matthew Razak
Examiner.com
To say Lawrence is a terrific actress wouldn’t even scratch the surface, as she deserves high praise for somehow making an uninteresting Part 1 watchable.

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Tomris Laffly
Movie Mezzanine
Lawrence’s performance roils with stress and fear, as it did in the first two films, and director Francis Lawrence stays with her, up close, from start to finish, visually mirroring the script’s examination of Katniss’s cult of personality.

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Dave White
Movies.com
Dour, dreary, disappointing installment, milking every last dime out of the franchise’s devoted following.

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Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
A heady action drama that minimizes the dull romantic triangle. … Enough satisfying story movement to stand as a complete chapter.

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Eric D. Snider
GeekNation
Hollow, emotionally constipated, and unexpectedly sluggish.

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Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
Jennifer Lawrence’s charisma and the the sly excellence of her supporting cast keep “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1″ aloft.

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Matt Zoller Seitz
RogerEbert.com
It’s hard to make a good blockbuster about a hero being virtually useless.

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Adi Robertson
The Verge
Not even the ferociously talented Jennifer Lawrence, whose greatest skill is breathing life into lifeless material, can work her magic here.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
This four-part franchise, based on the Suzanne Collins novels, turns very dark with this strikingly bold third film, which once again makes the most of perspective to recount a parable about normal people rising up against oppression.

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Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
I’m not here to mock “Mockingjay Part 1,” and can state with confidence that it can only go up from here, (yet) this entire exercise seems merely a hurdle that must be jumped in order to move onto the conclusion.

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Jason Gorber
Moviefone
It’s not as snooze worthy as the first part of “Harry Potter’s” finale, but that’s the only good news out of Mockingjay Part One.

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Christian Toto
HollywoodInToto.com
…a shameless cash-grab designed to extend the life of this profitable series.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
‘Mockingjay, Part 1″ is only half awesome because it is only half a movie. Suzanne Collins’ final book in the trilogy has been segmented into two films, massacring the momentum the previous films had delicately built.

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Justin Craig
FoxNews.com
The vast majority of credit for ‘The Hunger Games’ franchise should go to the cast, and most importantly to Jennifer Lawrence, without whom this sucker would surely crash and burn.

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Mathew DeKinder
Suburban Journals of St. Louis
The end result is a serving of dystopian-pop entertainment lifted over the middling mark by the humanity supplied by the cast.

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Anita Katz
San Francisco Examiner
Mockingjay is by far the bleakest of the movies so far. Yet this first part of the last book in the Suzanne Collins series may also be the most potent.

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Katherine Monk
Canada.com
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