The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: March 7, 2014
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Smart, smoothly directed, and enriched with a deeper exploration of the franchise's thought-provoking themes, Catching Fire proves a thoroughly compelling second installment in the Hunger Games series.

Wesley Morris
Grantland

This is Empire Strikes Back stuff. It has that second Star Wars movie's kick of confidence.

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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

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.

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David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org

Not only surpasses its original but also brings with it the undeniable sense that yes, finally, all the maddening chaos and underlying pathos of this deeply political story has finally revealed an important subtext.

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Christy Lemire
ChristyLemire.com

Director Francis Lawrence's film runs nearly two-and-a-half hours but it concludes so abruptly and tantalizingly, it leaves you wanting more.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Catching Fire delivers on the grim, roiling promises of the original.

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Graham Young
Birmingham Mail

Though overlong at 146 minutes, Catching Fire retains the original's curiously-engaging mix of The Running Man, Spartacus, Ben Hur, Avatar and Rambo.

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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com

The budget is nearly twice the original, and it shows. Great work from the A-list cast, amazing set designs and costumes.

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Geoff Pevere
Globe and Mail

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.

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Richard Knight
Windy City Times

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
The restless camera in the action scenes still makes it a tad difficult to see what is going on, like in the first movie, but what is great about this bleak,… More
Josh Lewis
I watched the first film without having read the books, but I read them after I loved that movie. Suffice to say it obviously is not as epic if you already know… More
KJ Proulx
From solid storytelling to Movie Magic, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" surpasses every standard set by it's predecessor and keeps you engaged… More
Nikhil Nandu
It is better than the first in every way possible. Catching Fire is a darker and more powerful entry in the series. And as far as sequels to young adult fiction… More
Edward Boxler
Catching Fire is not only better than its predecessor in every way, it's a sure fire sci-fi masterpiece. There are great ideas here about hope, fear,… More
Cynthia S.
Just as good as the first one. This is such a rare experience -- a sequel that can stand on its own, and delivers on expectations. "The Hunger Games:… More

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