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  • Summary: Having twice survived the Hunger Games, Katniss finds herself in District 13. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss reluctantly becomes the symbol of a mass rebellion against the Capitol and fights to save Peeta and a nationHaving twice survived the Hunger Games, Katniss finds herself in District 13. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss reluctantly becomes the symbol of a mass rebellion against the Capitol and fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 44
  2. Negative: 2 out of 44
  1. Reviewed by: Drew McWeeny
    Nov 18, 2014
    91
    The film explores the way propaganda is used to set the stage for a conflict, and considering this is a mainstream franchise aimed primarily at young audiences, it's actually a pretty interesting take on how image matters as much as action in a media age.
  2. Reviewed by: Genevieve Koski
    Nov 20, 2014
    80
    The trifecta of Lawrence, Moore, and Hoffman is the movie’s driving force, from both a plot and performance perspective. Together, they imbue Mockingjay with a sense of gravity and significance befitting its tough themes.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Nov 20, 2014
    75
    Although it doesn’t make a lick of sense as a stand-alone story, Mockingjay — Part 1 is the first “Hunger Games” movie with meat on its bones.
  4. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Nov 10, 2014
    70
    For all its obvious smarts and mildly provocative ideas, Mockingjay doesn’t seem to trust its audience quite as much as it clearly trusts its heroine.
  5. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Nov 20, 2014
    60
    Though everyone tries her or his hardest to make it otherwise, this is by definition a place-holder film that exists not so much for itself but to smooth the transition from its hugely successful predecessors to a presumably glorious finale one year hence.
  6. Reviewed by: Jeff Baker
    Nov 20, 2014
    58
    The best part of "Mockingjay -- Part 1" is when Katniss sings "The Hanging Tree."
  7. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Nov 20, 2014
    25
    Only in the movie business could someone sell such shoddy merchandise and expect people to buy it. If The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 were an appliance, it would be a broken toaster that people would toss in the garbage. Except that analogy is too kind, in that “Mockingjay” would be half a toaster.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 96 out of 166
  2. Negative: 31 out of 166
  1. Nov 21, 2014
    10
    This movie has an wonderful plot and telling the story in the best way. the actors are incredible, like Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth andThis movie has an wonderful plot and telling the story in the best way. the actors are incredible, like Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and the amazing Jennifer Lawrence that, like always, shine as Katniss Everdeen and moves you. They made some changes in the way of telling the story but it still great and In the end of the movie you will think: "when does release the part 2?" Expand
  2. Feb 17, 2015
    9
    The darkness of the film has made the series that much better. Mockingjay Part 1 incorporates some of the best scenes the series has had toThe darkness of the film has made the series that much better. Mockingjay Part 1 incorporates some of the best scenes the series has had to offer so far. Expand
  3. Dec 21, 2014
    8
    is not the best nor the worst movie of this saga. It has much suspense scenes and that is appreciated. Not being a 100 percent action filmis not the best nor the worst movie of this saga. It has much suspense scenes and that is appreciated. Not being a 100 percent action film don't make it the worst. It has parts that keeps the viewer watching the screen without unstuck. I loved very much. Expand
  4. Dec 2, 2014
    6
    Catching Fire was so great, and now we have this. Mockingjay is literally 100% build-up to a payoff we won't be seeing until November of nextCatching Fire was so great, and now we have this. Mockingjay is literally 100% build-up to a payoff we won't be seeing until November of next year, and that's really frustrating. The pace here isn't great either, and I was pretty bored throughout. There's not too much going. The movie feels like about 45 minutes of plot stretched out over two hours, and it's just unnecessary. While I have no doubt Part 2 will be stellar, this was disappointing. Expand
  5. Mar 7, 2015
    5
    I'm not a fan of reading books. So I can't really judge. But I gotta say that this was not exciting. It was boring and it got me disappointed.I'm not a fan of reading books. So I can't really judge. But I gotta say that this was not exciting. It was boring and it got me disappointed. Definitely worth a wait on Netflix and Redbox Expand
  6. Nov 30, 2014
    4
    If you feel like you were left hanging after Catching Fire, then you need to see Mockingjay, but don’t be in any rush. I would give the movieIf you feel like you were left hanging after Catching Fire, then you need to see Mockingjay, but don’t be in any rush. I would give the movie a 4/10, compared to the first two movies Mockingjay Part I was a disappointment. I was impressed by the acting done by the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, and most of the acting done by Jennifer Lawrence was great, but it didn’t match her performance in the first two films. Hopefully part two will make up for part one.
    To catch you up, after Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) was taken up into the aircraft at the end of Catching Fire you learn that there is a plan to spark a rebellion in Panem. Rebel President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) and Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) plan to use Katniss as the vehicle to fuel the rebellion. As you learn in Catching Fire, Peeta (Josh Hucherson) has been taken by the Capitol to threaten those who go against them and torture Katniss.
    The first 45 minutes of the movie are boring and depressing to say the least. I felt like the whole movie was basically the Rebels’ creating propaganda videos to try and rally the troops, and Katniss going through various states of emotion. One second she would be sad the next scared and the next happy. The thing that bothered me the most about the movie was how long it took to reach the climax. You don’t have any feeling of suspense or anticipation until the last fifteen minutes of the movie. The creators also expect us to care about characters like Katniss’ family and Gale (Liam Hemsworth) when they only get like ten minutes on the screen. Also, I believe the whole part one and part two setup they decided to do to the film is a desperate cash grab to try and get people to come spend money to see the ending next year.
    One thing I thought the movie did a good job of is creating the dystopian/revolution mood. It felt like the whole movie was in dark lighting which set a gloomy atmosphere. Also the settings of many of the scenes took place in areas destroyed or in shambles, giving it the dystopian mood. One more thing I thought was done well was the placement of action scenes spread around the movie, they were all well placed throughout the movie.
    To conclude, there were things done well such as the settings and mood as well as the acting done by Philip Seymour Hoffman, and most of the acting done by Jennifer Lawrence. Despite the few good things, the movie was still bad. The lack of climatic events during most of the movie, the vapidity, and lack of character development made this movie bad. So in my opinion if you’re planning to go see it, save your money, and wait until it’s on Netflix.
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  7. Feb 21, 2015
    0
    first and second Movie repetetd itself in a bad way the 3 Movie getting crapier what a **** Movie
    stop doing this **** Movies give helping
    first and second Movie repetetd itself in a bad way the 3 Movie getting crapier what a **** Movie
    stop doing this **** Movies give helping Children that Money Hollywood.
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