The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic 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.


Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action, some frightening images, thematic elements, a suggestive situation and language)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Arndt, Simon Beaufoy, Michael DeBruyn, Suzanne Collins
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 7, 2014
Box Office: $424.6M
Runtime:
Lionsgate Films - Official Site

Cast


as Katniss Everdeen

as Peeta Mellark

as Gale Hawthorne

as Haymitch Abernathy

as President Snow

as Plutarch Heavensbee

as Effie Trinket

as Caesar Flickerman

as Johanna Mason

as Primrose Everdeen

as Katniss and Primrose...

as Claudius Templesmith

as Romulus Thread

as Enobaria

as Brutus

as Finnick

as Marvel

as District 11 Mayor

as Thresh's Grandmother

as Old Man

as Flower Girl

as Snow's Granddaughter

as Presidential Guard

as Female Morphling

as Annie Cresta

as District 5 Male Trib...

as Hovercraft Peacekeep...

as District 9 Female Tr...

as District 9 Male Trib...

as Operator #1

as Operator #2

as Katniss and Primrose...

as Seneca Crane
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Critic Reviews for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

All Critics (248) | Top Critics (52)

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

Full Review… | December 10, 2013
Grantland
Top Critic

What a difference a director makes.

Full Review… | May 12, 2015
Philadelphia City Paper

While Catching Fire could easily stand on its own, it also should make audiences hungry for the next installment.

Full Review… | February 3, 2015
Los Angeles Daily News

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.

Full Review… | November 23, 2014
Cinemaphile.org

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

Full Review… | October 10, 2014
Birmingham Mail

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.

Full Review… | June 28, 2014
Windy City Times

Audience Reviews for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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, intense sequel is that it focuses less on the fighting and more on the political issues, the desolation, the characters.

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Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

½

From solid storytelling to Movie Magic, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" surpasses every standard set by it's predecessor and keeps you engaged the entire time. With more character development and a much sharper script, this sequel feels like "The Empire Strikes Back" of this series. This time the winning tributes from the past years are forced back into battle with each other and they must form allies to survive. This time they are in control of the entire setting of the games and try their hardest to decide to lives and who dies. Straying away from the shaky cam like the first film had, and getting much better direction on board, the crew does a much better job here and the actors look more alive than ever. I have to say that I loved every second of my experience with this film, even though a few technical aspects were pretty distracting. The stakes are raised and you will not see some of the twists coming. The second instalment in "The Hunger Games" franchise is terrific and I cannot wait to see the conclusion.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

½

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, heroic figures, symbols, and government control, all of which are explored to the fullest. Great characters, great action, great narrative. One of the best films of 2013.

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Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

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