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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)



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 could change Panem forever. (c) Lionsgatemore
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
Lionsgate Films - Official Site


Jennifer Lawrence
as Katniss Everdeen
Josh Hutcherson
as Peeta Mellark
Liam Hemsworth
as Gale Hawthorne
Woody Harrelson
as Haymitch Abernathy
Donald Sutherland
as President Snow
Philip Seymour Hoffm...
as Plutarch Heavensbee
Elizabeth Banks
as Effie Trinket
Stanley Tucci
as Caesar Flickerman
Jena Malone
as Johanna Mason
Willow Shields
as Primrose Everdeen
Paula Malcomson
as Katniss and Primrose...
Toby Jones
as Claudius Templesmith
Patrick St. Esprit
as Romulus Thread
Meta Golding
as Enobaria
Bruno Gunn
as Brutus
Sam Claflin
as Finnick
Jack Quaid
as Marvel
Afemo Omilami
as District 11 Mayor
Deena Beasley
as Thresh's Grandmother
Leon Lamar
as Old Man
Mandy Neuhaus
as Flower Girl
Erika Bierman
as Snow's Granddaughter
James Sutton
as Presidential Guard
Megan Hayes
as Female Morphling
Stef Dawson
as Annie Cresta
James Logan
as District 5 Male Trib...
Judd Derek Lormand
as Hovercraft Peacekeep...
Marian Green
as District 9 Female Tr...
Daniel Bernhardt
as District 9 Male Trib...
Ravi Naidu
as Operator #1
Franco Castan
as Operator #2
Paula Malcolmson
as Katniss and Primrose...
Wes Bentley
as Seneca Crane
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News & Interviews for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Critic Reviews for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

All Critics (253) | Top Critics (52)

Once skeptical, I'm now hooked.

Full Review… | November 16, 2015
Cambridge Day

There are plenty of characters and plenty of action to go around, yet thanks to its strong sense of suspense, Catching Fire doesn't feel as long as its near-two-and-a-half-hour running time might suggest.

Full Review… | November 16, 2015
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

A rousing, gritty spectacle of a movie.

Full Review… | November 16, 2015
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Expertly executed without a dull stretch, despite an elongated running time, the second instalment based on Suzanne Collins's bestselling dystopian fantasy trilogy is a top-flight escapist adventure.

Full Review… | November 16, 2015
Radio Times

I'd love to report that this adds up to a great movie. It doesn't, but it does add up to a sequel that's a good deal more satisfying than its predecessor.

Full Review… | November 16, 2015
Fort Worth Weekly

What a difference a director makes.

Full Review… | May 12, 2015
Philadelphia City Paper

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.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


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


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.

Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

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