Magazine April 16, 2012, Issue

Bread and Circuses

Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games (Murray Close/Lionsgate)
A review of The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games, the expensive adaptation of Suzanne Collins’s young-adult dystopia, has been so cleverly hyped, so successfully marketed, so effectively promoted in all the highways and byways of social media, that it was inevitable that critics would look for things to dislike about it. I’ve noticed more than a few reviewers damning the adaptation with faint praise, throwing out words like “slick” and “dutiful” and “watchable” that suggest a merely competent page-to-screen transition.

Do not listen to them. The Hunger Games is the blockbuster of the year, as grand and gripping and moving as any recent movie of its size

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