The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Reviews

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Sonny Bunch
Washington Free Beacon
July 14, 2016
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is much of the same: lots of standing around and talking without much in the way of flair or excitement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nathan Bartlebaugh
The Film Stage
June 21, 2016
Every returning detail of The Hunger Games is expanded and expounded in Catching Fire, and there is an unusual layering of the film's ambitions.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jason Bailey
Flavorwire
June 18, 2016
Vivid, visceral filmmaking, twisty and entertaining, with startlingly good turns by Jennifer Lawrence and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Francesca Rudkin
New Zealand Herald
May 18, 2016
Just as good a film as its predecessor, and a must-see chapter in this terrific and terrifying story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Alissa Wilkinson
Christianity Today
April 13, 2016
The movies (gratefully) violently counteract any attempt we might make to see them as fun escapism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
J. Olson
Cinemixtape
April 12, 2016
Whereas "The Hunger Games" made for some interesting political commentary, "Catching Fire" is content to rest on its laurels, adding nothing to the conversation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tom Meek
Cambridge Day
November 16, 2015
Once skeptical, I'm now hooked.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Josh Terry
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
November 16, 2015
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.
Christopher Lawrence
Las Vegas Review-Journal
November 16, 2015
A rousing, gritty spectacle of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Alan Jones
Radio Times
November 16, 2015
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 | Original Score: 5/5
Kristian M. Lin
Fort Worth Weekly
November 16, 2015
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.
Sean Burns
Philadelphia City Paper
May 12, 2015
What a difference a director makes.
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
Cinemaphile.org
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
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