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Novelist Suzanne Collins’ saga of resistance and rebellion concludes with The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2. Did spliting the last book work?

Warrior Katniss Everdeen portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence has been an good example of a strong lead woman in a movie. However some reviewers felt the splitting the last book into two messed with the concept too much.

Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2‘s first theatrical release on October 26th 2015, US and Canada from November 6th 2015 with Australia follow November 12th 2015.

4New York Times

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 – Pollux (Elden Henson), Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), Castor (Wes Chatham), Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin), Cressida (Natalie Dormer), Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth) and Boggs (Mahershala Ali) ©2015 Lionsgate, photo by Murray Close

Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 review by Manohla Dargis

Since 2012, when the first movie landed, Katniss has grown into her role as a savior, an evolution that parallels that of Jennifer Lawrence, who entered the series as a Sundance starlet and leaves it as one of the biggest stars in the world.

And The Hunger Games has triumphed partly because it means so many different things to so many people.

As with a lot of contemporary franchises, this one stocked the supporting roles with veterans who have given ballast to a largely unmemorable young cast, including the insipid twosome — Josh Hutcherson as Peeta and Liam Hemsworth as Gale — who have wanly bookended Katniss from the start.

Rating: 4 Stars, From our reading of the review Full Review

3Los Angeles Times

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 – President Coin (Julianne Moore) ©2015 Lionsgate, photo by Murray Close

Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 review by Kenneth Turan

In theory, this should come to a head in this final film, but the aesthetically misguided idea of breaking the final book into two films, commercially remunerative though it might have been, has ended up making the dragged-out proceedings feel anti-climactic and emotionally static.

For the die-hard fans around the world who’ve already paid $2.3 billion at the box office to see the previous films, these quibbles will likely matter little or not at all compared with seeing the resolution they likely already know enacted by flesh-and-blood actors.

Rating: 2 stars From our reading of the review Full Review

2The Guardian (UK)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 – President Snow (Donald Sutherland) ©2015 Lionsgate, photo by Murray Close

Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 review by Peter Bradshaw

The fourth instalment of the film franchise is fuelled by a charismatic performance from Jennifer Lawrence – and a terrifying surprise.

Despite being over-extended, it’s interesting how much energy and ingenuity this story turned out to have.

Rating: 3 stars Full Review

1Entertainment Weekly

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 – Cressida (Natalie Dormer) and Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) ©2015 Lionsgate, photo by Murray Close

Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 review by Leah Greenblatt

Mockingjay strays too far into darkness: With its political power struggles and prodigious body count, all rendered in a thousand shades of wintry greige, the movie feels less like teen entertainment than a sort of Hunger Games of Thrones.

The acting and production values are still well above grade, and Lawrence skillfully holds the center, letting everything the skeletal dialogue doesn’t say play across her face.

Rating: 3 Stars, From our reading of the review, rated B- Full Review