The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Reviews

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Rob Lowman
Los Angeles Daily News
February 3, 2015
While Catching Fire could easily stand on its own, it also should make audiences hungry for the next installment.
David Keyes
November 23, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
October 10, 2014
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
June 28, 2014
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.
April 23, 2014
The main thing that stayed with me on the trip home after seeing the film was the characters themselves, who are believably vulnerable, resourceful, devious and empathetic as the story demands.
Rima Sabina Aouf
Concrete Playground
February 7, 2014
There's no Disneyfication; Catching Fire has a distinct look and sustained dark, gritty mood.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
David Edwards
Daily Record [UK]
February 7, 2014
It's an exciting watch and even slicker than the first film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew Johnson
Movie Mezzanine
January 31, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Trent Wolbe
The Verge
January 22, 2014
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.
Jason Best
Movie Talk
January 19, 2014
By far the film's greatest asset is Jennifer Lawrence, who again brings absolute emotional conviction to her haunted and conflicted heroine.
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
January 9, 2014
More (and better) Hunger Games
Diva Velez
December 31, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Louis Proyect
December 28, 2013
As a long-time leftist, I expected something like "Norma Rae". It was much more Harry Potter or Twilight.
Geoffrey Macnab
December 17, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
December 17, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mark Adams
Daily Mirror [UK]
December 17, 2013
The Games sequences, while familiar from the first film, push the story towards a thrilling cliffhanger climax.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Smith
Tulsa World
December 17, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brian Viner
Daily Mail [UK]
December 17, 2013
The screenplay is terrific, with welcome shafts of wit.
Cynthia Fuchs
December 17, 2013
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.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
December 11, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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