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The Reviews Are in: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

The hotly anticipated finale of the Hunger Games film series is finally here, and the top critics in the business have already delivered their reviews. Let’s check in with the critical response to the final film adaptation of Suzanne CollinsHunger Games series.

Many of the critics connected this new film’s successes and failures to the decision to split Collins’ final Hunger Games book into two movies rather than shoot it as just one. The first of the two movies, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, got a pretty poor reception from critics. For some, this new movie represents a return to form – for others, it’s more of the same. 

Scroll down to check out some choice comments from the top critics in the business! You can catch The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 in theaters nationwide tomorrow.

 

Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

Like the previous two movies, “Part 2” was directed by Francis Lawrence who, like most franchise filmmakers, was not hired for the quality of his mise-en-scène but for one job: to not screw up an extremely valuable property… And, so, mission accomplished, largely with a lot of conversational face-offs and regular bursts of showy violence that sometimes turn panoramic, allowing you to admire the scale of the apocalyptically dressed sets.

 

David Edelstein, Vulture

The final film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’s dystopian Hunger Games YA novels, Mockingjay — Part 2, is a potent antiwar saga: bleak, savage, and very modern in the depiction of an unholy union between political manipulation and showbiz.

 

Owen Gleiberman, BBC

Watching The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, the final film in the series, we can all sense more or less what’s coming, because even the “surprises” unfold with grinding inevitability. It’s the sort of movie in which the characters sit around talking about what they’re going to do; only they find a stumbling block placed in their way; at which point they get up and do it anyway; but the result isn’t quite what they expected – until, by the end, it is. If you want to know what the mathematical opposite of suspense looks like, take a look at Mockingjay – Part 2.

 

Christy Lemire, rogerebert.com

Last year’s “Mockingjay – Part 1” felt like one long placeholder. It featured a lot of wheel spinning and repetitive imagery, and it served as a glaring reminder of what a cynical cash grab this finale-splitting business truly is.

With the exception of a couple of truly dazzling action set pieces, “Mockingjay – Part 2” provides more of the same. The stakes are higher because this is the end—It really is this time!—but the first hour or so of returning director Francis Lawrence’s film is legitimately nap-inducing.

[2 stars]

 

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Mockingjay – Part 2, the big finale, has quit the ass-dragging [of Part 1] in favor of what made the book a page-turner.

[3 stars]