The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
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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 friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour" of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) - a competition that could change Panem forever. (c) Lionsgate

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

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"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,
"Catching Fire delivers on the grim, roiling promises of the original."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"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
"Lighter on action and futuristic visuals, Catching Fire is superior to the first film by virtue of notable performances and more compelling storyline. If the quality of the filmmaking continues into Mockingjay, I'll be thrilled to see how it ends."
‑ Diva Velez,
"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
"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
"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
"As a long-time leftist, I expected something like "Norma Rae". It was much more Harry Potter or Twilight."
‑ Louis Proyect,
"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
"Given the strength of this installment, I'd say the box-office odds continue to be, in that Hunger Games catchphrase, "ever in its favor.""
‑ Bob Mondello, NPR
"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
"It is heartening to find a teen-oriented movie franchise as gritty as The Hunger Games. Even so, Catching Fire remains contradictory, caught in some nether world between nightmarish political allegory and adolescent escapism."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
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