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: November 22, 2013
DVD 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

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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Renuka Vyavahare
The Times of India

Spine-chilling cinematography evokes that much required eerie feeling throughout. Dramatic costumes are another highlight. The film makes our hopelessness pit against our own indomitable spirit of survival. Who wins?

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Christy Lemire

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.

Sarah Marrs

Catching Fire is a big improvement on The Hunger Games and left me more enthusiastic about the franchise than the first installment did.

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Richard Roeper

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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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

The first film in the series wasn't horrid, but the second outing takes a swan dive into dreck lake.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Red Lats
To me, "Catching Fire" is better than the first movie as this one concentrates more on the characters around Katniss, and the politics of Panem.
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
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