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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Reviews

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Richard Knight
Windy City Times

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 Source: Windy City Times

June 28, 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.

Full Review Source: Patheos

April 23, 2014
Rima Sabina Aouf
Concrete Playground

There's no Disneyfication; Catching Fire has a distinct look and sustained dark, gritty mood.

Full Review Source: Concrete Playground | Original Score: 9/10

February 7, 2014
David Edwards
Daily Record [UK]

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

Full Review Source: Daily Record [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

February 7, 2014
Andrew Johnson
Movie Mezzanine

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 Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: C

January 31, 2014
Trent Wolbe
The Verge

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.

Full Review Source: The Verge

January 22, 2014
Jason Best
Movie Talk

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

Full Review Source: Movie Talk

January 19, 2014
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit

More (and better) Hunger Games

Full Review Source: Movie Habit

January 9, 2014
Diva Velez
TheDivaReview.com

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 Source: TheDivaReview.com | Original Score: 4/5

December 31, 2013
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews

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

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews

December 28, 2013
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent

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 Source: Independent | Original Score: 3/5

December 17, 2013
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

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 Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 17, 2013
Mark Adams
Daily Mirror [UK]

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

Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

December 17, 2013
Michael Smith
Tulsa World

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 Source: Tulsa World | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 17, 2013
Brian Viner
Daily Mail [UK]

The screenplay is terrific, with welcome shafts of wit.

Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]

December 17, 2013
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters

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.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

December 17, 2013
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

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 Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 3/4

December 11, 2013
Wesley Morris
Grantland
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This is Empire Strikes Back stuff. It has that second Star Wars movie's kick of confidence.

Full Review Source: Grantland

December 10, 2013
AP Kryza
Willamette Week

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

Full Review Source: Willamette Week | Original Score: B

December 8, 2013
Widgett Walls
Needcoffee.com

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.

Full Review Source: Needcoffee.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 4, 2013
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