The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is Empire Strikes Back stuff. It has that second Star Wars movie's kick of confidence."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"Now the violence is not merely physical, but existential. Far from having won her freedom as promised, Katniss is now imprisoned in a false public narrative-supporter of the Capitol, lover of Peeta-from which she may never escape."
‑ Christopher Orr, The Atlantic
"Though overlong at 146 minutes, Catching Fire retains the original's curiously-engaging mix of The Running Man, Spartacus, Ben Hur, Avatar and Rambo."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
"There's no Disneyfication; Catching Fire has a distinct look and sustained dark, gritty mood."
‑ Rima Sabina Aouf, Concrete Playground
"As long as fully formed products like Catching Fire keep coming, the odds will be in The Hunger Games' favor to continue being celebrated as the definitive popular moral tale of the early 2000s."
‑ Trent Wolbe, The Verge
"Director Francis Lawrence's film runs nearly two-and-a-half hours but it concludes so abruptly and tantalizingly, it leaves you wanting more."
‑ Christy Lemire, ChristyLemire.com
"Catching Fire delivers on the grim, roiling promises of the original."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Lawrence is the rare female action-movie lead who carries on the fierce tradition of Sigourney Weaver in the Alien franchise -- easily the best and most enduring "special effect" this movie juggernaut has to offer eager audiences."
‑ Richard Knight, Windy City Times
"It's an exciting watch and even slicker than the first film."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Record [UK]
"By far the film's greatest asset is Jennifer Lawrence, who again brings absolute emotional conviction to her haunted and conflicted heroine."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"The budget is nearly twice the original, and it shows. Great work from the A-list cast, amazing set designs and costumes."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard Roeper.com
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire takes the narrative and thematic liberties traditionally granted the middle chapter in a trilogy and drives the stakes up sharply."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Globe and Mail
"The main thing that stayed with me on the trip home after seeing the film was the characters themselves, who are believably vulnerable, resourceful, devious and empathetic as the story demands."
‑ Peter T. Chattaway, Patheos
"There's a depressing irony to the fact that The Hunger Games, a book series about the media's ability to placate the masses with superficial distractions, is now a mainstream film franchise that has spawned its own cult of celebrity."
‑ Andrew Johnson, Movie Mezzanine
"More (and better) Hunger Games"
‑ Robert Denerstein, Movie Habit
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