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Reviews: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015)

hunger_gamesHere are review links for this film submitted by our members:

  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: La saga juvenil más potente de los últimos tiempos tropieza con una conclusión sorprendentemente cansina y aburrida. Mucho parloteo y poca chicha en un cierre maratoniano que parecía que iba a prometer acción, emoción y lecturas interesantes, pero… no. Vaya.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: The notion that Jennifer Lawrence is somehow underrated is patently ridiculous, but it does seem as though she doesn’t get enough credit for what she brings to these films — and how much her approach speaks to their ultimate success.
  • Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice
    • Excerpt: A grand finale for the series in which the characters deal with the spiritual question: What is the truth?
  • Francisco Cangiano @ CineXpress [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Aunque Mockingjay – Part 2 hace lo que tiene que hacer para llegar a una conclusión bastante satisfactoria, la verdad es que es que la entrega más floja de la serie. Por más que Jennifer Lawrence se haya echado a los hombros este ultimo capitulo y los visuales (especialmente CGI) que el director ofrece sean más que decentes, Mockingjay – Part 2 termina siendo un filme aburrido y largo, que tiene problemas con decirse adios así mismo.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Well, they saved the best for last.
  • David Crow @ Den of Geek
    • Excerpt: It’s that marked level of growth from simple satire of our pop culture appetites in the inaugural Hunger Games to this sprawling epic of subversion and ambiguity that really causes the series to sing. Even after the hype has long dissipated in the years to come, I imagine that birdcall, and the purr of Katniss’ bowstring, will continue to echo in our collective memory.
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: The novel “Mockingjay” isn’t even twenty pages longer than the first novel in the series, “The Hunger Games,” and is actually a page shorter than the second novel, “Catching Fire.” Dare we suggest the crass commercial motivation of franchise stretching?
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Everything The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 wants to say comes fast and heavy-handed as the plot reaches its conclusion.
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • [New – 12/17/15] | John Gilpatrick @ JohnLikesMovies.com
    • Excerpt: The final installment in the series teases threads of themes that are timely and interesting only to abandon them for set pieces and love triangles. Why? Because a lame book said so.
  • Hugo Gomes @ Cinematograficamente Falando … [Portuguese]
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Somber, somewhat insipid, yet slavishly faithful conclusion, as the Girl on Fire becomes a glowing ember.
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: The Hunger Games series ultimately sputters to a weak and sorry conclusion in this fourth and final installment.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: One of the smartest and most enthralling SF film series ever breaks more new ground as it ends on notes as emotional and provocative as they are explosive.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: A rollercoaster of severe downs punctuated by brief crests. The Hunger Games franchise had one film too many, looking at you Part 1, and exits stage left on a whimper.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: If you’re still invested in these characters and a showdown between Katniss and President Snow, then this will be a satisfying payoff for the series to bow out.
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: Finishing where the prior film left off, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” takes unusual steps to bring the audience to its conclusion, one that challenges how blockbuster franchises are supposed to end.
  • Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]
    • Excerpt: Even though it strips the source material of some of its grit, the dark, sobering ‘Mockingjay – Part 2’ is still a worthy adaptation that forcefully drives home the point this franchise has been making ever since its first installment: violence isn’t fun, and war is hell.
  • Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
  • Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge
  • Jared Mobarak @ Jared Mobarak Reviews
    • Excerpt: What results is an action-packed sci-fi adventure containing more computer effects than the previous three entries combined that never hits the brake. And through it all we start to see the cracks in Katniss’ steely façade with every step forward.
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Mocking is catching.
  • Frank Ochieng @ SF Crowsnest
    • Excerpt: Still, for the most part ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2′ leaves the viewers wanting more but being compliant with what amounts to be the swan song for courageous cutie Katniss Everdeen’s big screen legacy.
  • Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
  • Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom
    • Excerpt: he Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 is an exemplary closer to a thrilling tetralogy of films, a monster of a slam-bang finish.
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: On its own, it’s the weakest of the series; by the final finale, I was overjoyed that the film – and this franchise – had finally come to a close.
  • Kristy Puchko @ Pajiba, Comic Book Resources
    • Excerpt: This plays like an overextended third act, all low point, enemies closing in, and then only in its last few moments a sense of relief and resolution.
  • Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 is the unavoidable conclusion to the story that started four films ago, I just always thought that we would care so much more once we finally arrived.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: The conclusion will be satisfying for those who have been following the series devoutly, though quite honestly one that comes as a bit of a letdown after all the hullabaloo that’s led up to it.
Updated: December 17, 2015 — 9:50 pm
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