Mockingjay Movie Reviews: Are the Odds Ever in its Favor?

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According to Donald Sutherland, Jennifer Lawrence is akin to Jesus Christ.

That's mighty high praise for the star of The Hunger Games franchise.

But is The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 worthy of the same praise? What are critics around the country saying about this wildly anticipated blockbuster? Let's find out...

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. - Tom Long

If Mockingjay - Part 1 is quieter and less flashy than its predecessors, that doesn't make it less satisfying. - Steven Rea

Lawrence delivers on what dramatic beats half a novel affords him. You just wish there were more of them and that they provided a more complete, more satisfying story arc. - Kenneth Turan

Katniss' concern for the anti-sexy Peeta results in her spending quite a bit of the movie in po-faced mopery. - Kurt Loder

Mockingjay - Part 1 is just big enough of a story that, even as a two-parter, the film feels substantial and justifiably halved. There's simply too much to digest as all the pieces are put into place and the real games are set to begin. - Kirk Baird

This is the "Empire Strikes Back" of the series, with the heroes constantly on defense - running, hiding, planning, hoping. - Rob Thomas

Jennifer Lawrence is as good as always and gets a few key scenes to play up the emotional aspect of what's occurring.- Jim Judy

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