The Hunger Games Receives Rave Reviews
Posted on Tue Mar 20, 2012 12:07 PM PDT

hugergames_200.jpg LOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - Suzanne Collin's epic trilogy The Hunger Games is one of Hollywood's most anticipated films of 2012 and critics are already giving the live-action adaptation rave reviews.

Jennifer Lawrence stars in the Gladiator-like epic as Katniss Everdeen, the hesitant heroine who is thrust into a survival-of-the-fittest style tournament in order to protect her sister Prim (Willow Shields) from entering the gruesome competition.

Lawrence shines in the film, from the grueling fight scenes to her heartfelt moments with Josh Hutcherson's character Peeta, while director Gary Ross stayed faithful to the source material with his dynamic take on Panem, its residents and their vivacious wardrobe.

Thanks to their impressive marketing campaign and ever-growing fan base, The Hunger Games is projected to gross between $130 to $140 million on its opening weekend, according to box office observers.