CATEGORIES Movie NewsWhen exhausting Internet curmudgeon Jeffrey Wells wrote that "certain female critics" may be "susceptible" to giving "The Hunger Games" a favorable review, he apparently wasn't referring to Manhola Dargis. The venerable New York Times critic gave the new film a negative review, while also calling into question whether star Jennifer Lawrence was gaunt enough to play the half-starved heroine, Katniss Everdeen.
"A few years ago Ms. Lawrence might have looked hungry enough to play Katniss," wrote Dargis, "but now, at 20, her seductive, womanly figure makes a bad fit for a dystopian fantasy about a people starved into submission."
Salon.com television critic Willa Paskin took some offense to Dargis's remark.
"I know 'Hunger Games' is about starving children," Paskin wrote on Twitter, "but given the universe we live in maybe [Manhola] Dargis could not call [Lawrence] fat."
In addition to Dargis, the Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy called out Lawrence's "lingering baby fat."
Lawrence herself has been quoted as being quite happy with her figure. "[I'm] so sick of these young girls with diets," she told Seventeen earlier this year. "I think it's really important for girls to have people to look up to and to feel good about themselves."
When Lawrence was cast as Katniss, some fans were wary of her shape on various "Hunger Games" fan message boards, but there were plenty of readers who lept to her defense.
"Whenever I see people complain about [Lawrence] being curvy all I want to do is slap them with my slipper and say 'WTF...are you BLIND!??'" wrote one fan last year. "Jen's got a really nice body and I don't understand why people can't accept it."
As New York pointed out recently, critics have spared "Hunger Games" stars Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth from the "too healthy to be hungry" criticism, despite the pair's "requisite buff young actor frames."
"The Hunger Games," which made a jaw-dropping $155 million at the box office last weekend, is in theaters now. For more on the film, click here.