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Gary Ross United States, 2012

J. O.'s rating of the film The Hunger Games

"The Hunger Games" franchise doesn't understand itself. It presents concepts and seemingly astute social commentary using clever reality television and media perspectives, yet, it fails to comprehend its own material. Rigid acting, utterly ridiculous (and at times completely inexplicable) production design, nauseating camera work and sloppy editing sum up its formal qualities. This being said, it entertained.