I read this review of The Hunger Games written by someone at Christianity Today, and I was really struck by the comments written below the article. You can see them at in the link above. The comments seem evenly split between those who appear to condemn people who read the books and the movies as people who are glorifying the brutal deaths of children, and those who respond and say that there is tons of violence in the Bible, specifically the Old Testament. I think at least once a commenter calls out other commenters for judging something that they have neither read nor seen.
I think the CT reviewer is right in saying that it certainly is a dark film but it captures the tone of the book very well. (I can't comment on this, because I'm seeing the movie tomorrow.) He also says to take the PG-13 rating seriously.
I was interested in hearing from you who have read the books or seen the movie how comments like those on this movie review affect you.