Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Length: 142 minutes
Age Appropriate for: 13+. The story is about teenagers forced to fight to the death, but things are edited so you never see any gruesome murders. The hint of them is there, however, with blood splatter and corpses. Not for tweens but appropriate for teens who read the books.
If you wanted to find small, nitpicky reasons to dislike ‘The Hunger Games’ film, you could. But it’s such a faithful, inspired recreation of Suzanne Collins’ novel that you should just go with it. Effie Trinket would be proud—the odds are in our favor.
By Roxana Hadadi
Take a breath, everyone. “The Hunger Games” is here, and it’s glorious—a spectacle of destruction and optimism and revolt, imbued with the soul of what Suzanne Collins dreamed up in her wildly popular young adult novel. In comparison with that book, the film version of “The Hunger Games” is a triumph, and as its own entity, it’s pretty righteous, too.