The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 2013

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Critics 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.

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After arriving safely home from their unprecedented victory in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) discover that they must do a quick turnaround and begin a Victors Tour. As she and Peeta travel throughout the districts, Katniss senses a rebellion is stirring. However, President Snow (Donald Sutherland) proves that he is still very much in control when word comes of a cruel change in the rules for the upcoming 75th Hunger Games.

Cast

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 Hoffman
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's Mother
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 Tribute
Judd Lormand
as Hovercraft Peacekeeper
Marian Green
as District 9 Female Tribute
Daniel Bernhardt
as District 9 Male Tribute
Ravi Naidu
as Operator #1
Franco Castan
as Operator #2
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Critic Reviews for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

All Critics (290) | Top Critics (62) | Fresh (260) | Rotten (30)

  • 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 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • This is Empire Strikes Back stuff. It has that second Star Wars movie's kick of confidence.

    December 10, 2013 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • Catching Fire delivers on the grim, roiling promises of the original.

    November 22, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4

Audience Reviews for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

  • Oct 11, 2016
    To me, "Catching Fire" is better than the first movie as this one concentrates more on the characters around Katniss, and the politics of Panem.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Dec 21, 2015
    This has to be the most boring film I have ever seen in my life. I walked into this film with moderate expectations, the reviews coming in were good and Hunger Games wasn't a bad film. I walked out of this film half dead, it took 90 minutes to get in The Hunger Games and my god it was the longest 90 minutes of my life. The story wasn't interesting in the slightest it was just boring dialogue scenes talking about random stuff no one cares about. The only redeeming part of this film is that like usually Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen does a great performance but all the other actors are just dreadful, they are lifeless and have no purpose. The director Francis Lawrence shoots the action scenes quite well compared to Gary Ross who shot the action sequences using shaky cam but what makes the first film better is that it is better paced and less tedious. This film gets 2/10.
    Sonny H Super Reviewer
  • Nov 13, 2015
    "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" is a great sequel to 2012's "The Hunger Games". This movie has excellent acting, great plot and some pretty good special effects. It's is a fun SCI-FI movie. I would recommend this movie to anyone who likes the first movie. And I give "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" a 8.5/10.
    Steve G Super Reviewer
  • Dec 21, 2014
    Not as good as the original. The ending was very unsatisfying.
    Ida K Super Reviewer

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