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Does 'Hunger Games' live up to the hype?

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  • Reviews of 'The Hunger Games' are rolling in
  • Majority of critics like the movie -- a lot
  • We did find ONE guy who disagrees...
Does 'Hunger Games' live up to the hype?

We've already seen tons of celebs tweeting their glowing reviews of the movie, now it’s time for the film critics to have their say. So will diehard fans of “The Hunger Games” book series be disappointed in the film adaptation?

Here's what some of the experts are saying:

Variety: “Proficient, involving, ever faithful to its source and centered around Jennifer Lawrence's impressive star turn, this much-anticipated, nearly 2 1/2-hour event picture should satiate fans, entertain the uninitiated and take an early lead among the year's top-grossing films.”

Digital Spy: “The Hunger Games" is enthralling from beginning to end, science fiction that has depth and intelligence to match its pulse-racing entertainment value.”

The Hollywood Reporter: “As she did in her breakthrough film "Winter's Bone," Jennifer Lawrence anchors this futuristic and politicized elaboration of "The Most Dangerous Game" with impressive gravity and presence, while director Gary Ross gets enough of what matters in the book up on the screen to satisfy its legions of fans worldwide.”

NY Daily News: “It should be said that even the books’ fans may be shocked at the movie’s toughness, as well as its tone, which feels like "The Truman Show" and "Logan’s Run" woven with the DNA of TV’s "Survivor." But for all the media’s salivating, "Hunger Games" delivers -- and leaves a memorable aftertaste.”

So is there anyone out there who didn’t like the film? Well yes, we did find one guy, Coley Smith, who calls himself “The Smartest Film Critic in the World:”

“However true to Suzanne Collins’s popular young adult source material novel, Gary Ross’s filmic adaptation of "The Hunger Games" is a dystopian thriller that falls flat -- really flat … Everything about "The Hunger Games" is a rehash. If not for Jennifer Lawrence’s ever-commanding performance, there would be no redeeming value for a movie that goes on two-and-a-half hours too long.”

But when he called Lawrence's character "Katness" instead of "Katniss," we were left wondering if you can really trust a review from a guy who can't get the leading lady's name correct -- not just once, but throughout the entire review.

Rotten Tomatoes -- the site that aggregates movie reviews and spits out an approval rating -- gives the film an impressive 93% as of the this writing. Compare that to the 25% it assigned to "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I" -- ouch.

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