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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

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Average Rating: 7.5/10
Reviews Counted: 243
Fresh: 216 | Rotten: 27

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.

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Average Rating: 7.7/10
Critic Reviews: 48
Fresh: 42 | Rotten: 6

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.

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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

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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.

November 24, 2013 Full Review Source: ChristyLemire.com
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The budget is nearly twice the original, and it shows. Great work from the A-list cast, amazing set designs and costumes.

November 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com
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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.

November 22, 2013 Full Review Source: The Atlantic
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Catching Fire delivers on the grim, roiling promises of the original.

November 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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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.

November 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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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."

November 21, 2013 Full Review Source: NPR
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There's no Disneyfication; Catching Fire has a distinct look and sustained dark, gritty mood.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

It's an exciting watch and even slicker than the first film.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Record [UK]
Daily Record [UK]

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.

January 31, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine

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.

January 22, 2014 Full Review Source: The Verge
The Verge

By far the film's greatest asset is Jennifer Lawrence, who again brings absolute emotional conviction to her haunted and conflicted heroine.

January 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

More (and better) Hunger Games

January 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

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.

December 31, 2013 Full Review Source: TheDivaReview.com
TheDivaReview.com

As a long-time leftist, I expected something like "Norma Rae". It was much more Harry Potter or Twilight.

December 28, 2013 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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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.

December 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

Sharp as a flaming arrow and as explosive as when one hits a powderkeg, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the rousing, thought-provoking action epic the first movie failed to be.

December 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

The Games sequences, while familiar from the first film, push the story towards a thrilling cliffhanger climax.

December 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

The movie is a solid example of "the book on film" in spirit, and Lawrence is brilliant in a performance far beyond blockbuster-level acting.

December 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Tulsa World
Tulsa World

The screenplay is terrific, with welcome shafts of wit.

December 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

Self-knowing, cynical, and urgently melodramatic, the Hunger Games and The Hunger Games indict you for watching it even as it asks you to buy in. And that is the genius of every iteration of the Games no one can ever win.

December 17, 2013 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

benefits from the impressive acting chops of Jennifer Lawrence, whose intensity and sense of self makes Katniss into a prototypical action heroine who embodies an ideal set of values but still stays psychologically and emotionally grounded.

December 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

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

December 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Grantland
Grantland

Though flawed, Catching Fire manages something no adaptation since Harry Potter has: It respects its fans enough to challenge them while maturing alongside them.

December 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Willamette Week
Willamette Week

I went back and saw the first film again fairly quickly after seeing it the first time because I enjoyed it so much. Wouldn't elect to do that with this one.

December 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Needcoffee.com
Needcoffee.com

Catching Fire focuses on the unfair dispensation of bread for the greater chunk of its hefty 146-minute running time, saving the circuses for dessert.

December 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Seven Days
Seven Days

The first two-thirds of Catching Fire is truly compelling. Unfortunately, that last third is something else altogether.

December 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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 movies go, it is almost unparalleled.
April 15, 2014
Nikhil N.
Nikhil Nandu

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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: Catching Fire" faced a very tough task, as all Part 2 sequels do following their very popular Part 1. It delivered, and delivered well. I am very excited to see how they manage the rest...
March 18, 2014
itsjustme2004

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One word : AMAZING..!! Never thought that Francis Lawrence can masterfully brought a better movie than what Gary Ross already gave to us in the first movie.. Beautifully executed with the first half for describing the effects that Katniss made while another half describing a great entertainment watch in another Hunger Games.. Lawrence successfully executing the Hunger Games in a thrilling watch with successfully playing with the audiences' emotion.. And for the cast that still new in this installment, I must say that they're all a great cast like Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair, Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee (too bad he already passed away), or the woman who been cast as Johanna.. Overall, I love this second installment way much better and I'm too excited to wait for the third installment which is Mockingjay part 1..
March 17, 2014
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Sanjaya 丘耀文

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The original "Hunger Games" was an unexpectedly strong adaptation of the young adult novel of the same name. Playing like "Battle Royale" for the "Twilight" crowd, the movie was a huge success; and of a quality that pleased both fans and newcomers alike. Now we have "Catching Fire," a superb followup. Contrary to popular opinion, I don't think it blows it's Gary Ross directed predecessor out of the water, but it is definitely an improvement.

New helmer Francis Lawrence ups the ante of every inch of the production. "Catching Fire" is a gorgeous film at times, with ambitions in it's cinematography and production design that could render watching the first movie again difficult. The cast has welcome new additions as well, in a narrative that better develops it's characters this time around. At nearly two and a half hours, the film breezes by, screeching to a halt only at the abrupt, cliffhanger ending.

I thought the original "Hunger Games" had a superior first act, but it was hurt by an unfitting use of shaky-cam that distracted more than immerse. Though "Catching Fire" is more plodding in it's early goings, the filmmaking is of a higher, more cohesive quality. Also, the actual "games" themselves were more intense and fleshed out in the first movie, and more time was dedicated to the sequence. But this is only because "Catching Fire" takes a more character-oriented route and finds unexpected drama and intensity in more intimate moments... through once again the occasional instance of stiff and even awkward dialogue. With character names this ridiculous in their uncomfortable unpronouncibility, it's no surprise! These scenes however are beautifully shot, and are the showpiece of not only the film's technical and creative merits, but Director Lawrence's as well.

The final twist was predictable (for someone who has not read the books), but that didn't matter. In the end, it was apparent that I had just seen mass-market entertainment of a very high quality. It's not perfect and by no means a triumph over "The Hunger Games," but I'm excited to see where the series goes from here; a sentiment reflective of a great sequel.
March 13, 2014
YLOWBSTARDreturns

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    1. Johanna Mason: Ugh. My stylist is such an idiot. I'd love to put my axe in her face.
    – Submitted by Cameron D (2 months ago)
    1. Katniss Everdeen: I just wanted to say that I didn't know Tresh, I only spoke to him once. He could have killed me, but instead he showed me mercy. That's a debt I'll never be able to repay. I did know Rue. She wasn't just my ally, she was my friend. I see her in the flowers that grow in the meadow by my house. I hear her in the Mockingjay song. I see her in my sister Prim. She was too young, too gentle and I couldn't save her. I'm sorry.
    – Submitted by Mati M (2 months ago)
    1. Katniss Everdeen: Any last advice?
    2. Haymitch Abernathy: Stay alive.
    – Submitted by Liviu D (2 months ago)
    1. Johanna Mason: Everybody wants to sleep with you.
    – Submitted by James E (3 months ago)
    1. President Snow: Your hair looks lovely, darling. When did you start wearing it like that?
    2. Snow's Granddaughter: Everyone at school wears their hair like this now, Grandpa.
    – Submitted by Scarlet P (3 months ago)
    1. President Snow: While you and Peeta are on tour, you need to smile, you need to be grateful, but above all, you need to madly end it all in love. You think you can manage that?
    2. Katniss Everdeen: Yes.
    3. President Snow: "Yes" what?
    4. Katniss Everdeen: I'll convince them.
    5. President Snow: No. Convince me.
    – Submitted by Anthony E (3 months ago)
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