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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Science Fiction . Thriller . Action . Adventure . Mystery

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.

Actors: Jennifer Lawrence , Josh Hutcherson , Liam Hemsworth , Woody Harrelson , Elizabeth Banks , Lenny Kravitz , Philip Seymour Hoffman , Jeffrey Wright , Stanley Tucci , Donald Sutherland , Jack Quaid , Taylor St. Clair
Directors: Francis Lawrence
Country: USA
Release: 2013-11-22
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  • Steve Persall

    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is movie escapism made with intelligence, and that doesn't come around often enough. As I sensed this movie ending I wished it wouldn't, and when it did I wanted the next one now. Take that, Bilbo.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Todd Gilchrist

    Catching Fire is a monumental achievement, a massively entertaining crowd-pleaser that is thought-provoking and personally inspiring in all of the ways that it aspires to be.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Catching Fire is exceptional entertainment, a spectacle with a good mind and a pounding heart.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    [Francis] Lawrence and his team have calibrated the entire experience for maximum engagement. And while its pleasures can’t touch the thrill of seeing the Death Star destroyed — not yet, at least — the film runs circles around George Lucas’ ability to weave complex political ideas into the very fabric of B-movie excitement.

    Variety Full Review
  • Geoff Pevere

    The result is not only a dramatic improvement over what was already an unusually smart and satisfying pop-cultural parable of insurgent 99-per-cent rebellion, but a very likely candidate for the all-time-great-sequel sweepstakes.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Very few people will take in this spectacle of a society amusing itself to death, of “reality games” and the vapid media hysteria that surrounds them, and not draw a parallel to our own televised bread and circuses. At its best, “Catching Fire” is a blockbuster that bites the culture that made it.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Pop-culture escapism can be thrilling when dished out by experts. Katniss is a character worth a handful of sequels. And Lawrence lights up the screen. You'll follow her anywhere.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The screen translation of Catching Fire, the second volume of the series, offers its audience many of the elements that made The Hunger Games compelling, but adds to that by deepening the themes and emotional currents and traveling to darker destinations.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    Catching Fire makes only the occasional misstep.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    As teencentric franchises go, I much prefer The Hunger Games to the blessedly expired “Twilight” films. For one thing, they employ much better actors. My favorite: Amanda Plummer, one of the best and most underused actresses in America, as one of the Quell contestants.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • M. E. Russell

    Lawrence steps up. And her character's fierce independence provides a welcome alternative to certain vampire-fixated young-adult heroines who define themselves entirely through the attention of much-much-older men.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    It’s a middle chapter, for sure, but a vigorous and fast-paced one that leaves you hungry for more. Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    Spinning in that wedding dress, or glaring in wary repose, Lawrence catches fire on screen.

    Time Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    An effective piece of melodramatic popular entertainment that savvily builds on the foundation established by the first Hunger Games movie.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Catching Fire is a great leap forward for the franchise. Seeing as it’s all about hope and what it represents, here’s hoping the next two are just as good, if not better.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    The good news is it comes very close, and does it without sacrificing its soul. Despite its sense of been-here-slayed-that, director Francis Lawrence expertly delivers thrills, ideas and spectacle.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Genevieve Koski

    It’s not just bigger, it’s better, and it bodes well for the future of the series, if not necessarily of its unlucky protagonist.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Relatively speaking, Catching Fire is terrific. Even nonrelatively, it's pretty damn good.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Ian Nathan

    Defying rote heroics and sidestepping those solemn Frodoisms lurking in the role, Lawrence seeks out the complex, human and earthy in Katniss, still the beating heart and total triumph of these movies.

    Empire Full Review
  • Robbie Collin

    It’s a critic’s instinct to auto-praise any blockbuster that tries to do something different, but Catching Fire is so committed to carrying on the fine work started by its predecessor that the applause flows utterly naturally.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Cath Clarke

    Catching Fire looks and feels epic. Hands down it’s one of the most entertaining films of the year.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Paul Bradshaw

    Catching Fire delivers on all the promise of Part 1 with a gutsier, tougher, better round of Games.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Ian Buckwalter

    Everything that felt clumsy in The Hunger Games has been improved upon here. That's most apparent in the clarity of the action, but it also extends to how efficiently the film establishes so many new ensemble members.

    NPR Full Review
  • William Goss

    Steady-handed action is enough to elevate this film above its predecessor. Full Review
  • Susan Wloszczyna

    With each on-screen chapter, the poor girl from District 12 continues to fulfill her destiny as an inspiration and a rebel fighter. She is but one female, but she's the perfect antidote to the surplus of male superheroes out there. Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Best in its first hour, when it concentrates on the politics and the specific horrors of Panem. It becomes more conventional in the second half and loses steam, but it's always heading somewhere.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Catching Fire is a work of thoughtful, emotionally engaging sci-fi — everything that its predecessor The Hunger Games was not.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    Catching Fire is smoothly exciting but a bit of a tease.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Catching Fire has the bonus of a genuinely charismatic performer at its center. Jennifer Lawrence, now an Oscar winner thanks to "Silver Linings Playbook," emotes like crazy throughout "Catching Fire," but you never catch her acting.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    Like too many franchise installments, Catching Fire builds to more of an ellipsis than a period, teasing the next chapter instead of providing closure. But isn’t that true of "The Empire Strikes Back" as well? At least casual fans will only have to wait a year, not three, to see what happens next in this galaxy not so far away.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Catching Fire is bigger, better and broodier than the first film.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    Yes, it’s the middle chapter and feels like it, but it’s never dull.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Richard Larson

    Francis Lawrence imbues the source material with visceral pleasure in well-wrought scenes vacillating between elaborate spectacle, breathtaking terror, and--occasionally--surprising beauty.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    Insofar as Catching Fire does ignite, the match to the flame is Jennifer Lawrence, who gives Katniss layers she lacks even in the books’ fairly rich characterization.

    Slate Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Catching Fire isn’t a great work of art but it’s a competent, at times exciting movie and it does something that better, more artistically notable movies often fail to do: It speaks to its moment in time.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Catching Fire suffers from the movie equivalent of middle-book syndrome: The story is wayward and rangy, on its way to being something, maybe, but not adding up to much by itself. Still, it’s entertaining as civics lessons go, and it’s a more polished, assured picture than its predecessor.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    This is a safe, serviceable, carefully crafted action drama in which the subversive seeds planted in the first story take welcome root.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Lawrence gives the same committed, heart-rending performance, and she’s even more saintly than before: The script never lets her fire an arrow except in self-defense, and she stubbornly defies Snow in public, though she knows the probable consequence is death. Hutcherson has more personality this time, yet Peeta doesn’t deepen as a character.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    The Hunger Games franchise, both in print and onscreen, has been exceptionally clever about cozying away imaginative space for fans to fill in the blanks and cast themselves in the rich drama. That this latest film leaves us hungering for more only means that it’s working.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Everyone hits their marks with gusto and believability in Catching Fire... But the engine of the entire operation is Jennifer Lawrence.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    The ingredients are in place for a potent finale, but “Catching Fire” is watered down.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Crowd-pleasing and compelling, most of all because of its fiery, charismatic heroine.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    A Matrix Reloaded–like cliffhanger reminds that this is only the second installment out of four (good lord), but at least the flick leaves us with more than a tinge of interest in whom the odds will favor next.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Paul MacInnes

    What lets the movie down is its heart, or lack thereof. The reprise of the Games introduces new adversaries (and some allies) but has exactly the same dynamic as in the first movie.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • David Denby

    Yet, despite the good acting, the middle section of the film, set at the Capitol, is attenuated and rhythmless — the filmmakers seem to be touching all the bases so that the trilogy’s readers won’t miss anything.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    Enough is enough. One good thing: The jungle scenes were shot in Hawaii, so at least they all got a paid vacation.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Deep thoughts about re-directing cynically manipulated celebrity, lump in the throat moments at people rising up against their oppressors, a couple of memorable deaths and attempts at sacrifice play as flat when there’s nothing around them to serve as contrast.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire more than makes the case for this as a franchise that's going to get better as it goes, and I am genuinely excited to see how they wrap it up.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Daniel Green

    With Catching Fire, director Lawrence certainly isn't afraid to bide his time and build anticipation for the truly spectacular (and tropical-tinged) Quarter Quell, patiently reestablishing crucial relationships for maximum dramatic pay-off.

    CineVue Full Review
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