The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Reviews

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December 10, 2013
This is Empire Strikes Back stuff. It has that second Star Wars movie's kick of confidence.
November 24, 2013
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 22, 2013
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
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
Catching Fire delivers on the grim, roiling promises of the original.
November 22, 2013
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire takes the narrative and thematic liberties traditionally granted the middle chapter in a trilogy and drives the stakes up sharply.
July 31, 2019
No one does both vulnerability, determination and strength better than Jennifer Lawrence.
June 9, 2019
What sets The Hunger Games apart from other blockbusters of its type is how it doesn't use its violence as a crutch. It actually makes us feel the loss of its victims.
June 4, 2019
Nevertheless, the film and franchise will always thrive thanks to their phenomenal leading lady.
April 18, 2019
Francis Lawrence nicely balances stunts and spectacle with the growth of Katniss, who goes from teenaged girl to young woman with a wider worldview.
April 10, 2019
Despite sharing a similar narrative structure with the first film, Catching Fire ups the ante and heightens every element of the storytelling, from the drama to the stakes to the performances to the action.
April 9, 2019
The film's visual spectacle is still impressive, with a story that delves a little more into social disparity and class struggle... But the heartbeat of "Catching Fire" -- and the franchise in general -- remains Lawrence.
March 6, 2019
Such lofty dystopian concepts are certainly nothing new, but as with the first Hunger Games, there aren't many blockbuster sequels with half the guile, half the wit or half the heart of what we're treated to here.
January 22, 2019
Directed by Francis Lawrence, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire satisfies and yet again leaves me wanting more.
January 14, 2019
It has far too many denouements for your average action-heavy film, but every one of them is important in laying ground for what's to come.
November 12, 2018
Jubilant, spellbinding and tactical, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is one of those acceptable moments where the majority of critics and moviegoers alike do not mind coming down with the sudden case of sequelitis.
November 2, 2018
Not only a superb action film that doubles as a sociopolitical rallying cry, but one of the finest, most dynamic 'part two' films in recent memory.
November 1, 2018
It is the Empire Strikes Back of the franchise, both in terms of story and achievement.
October 21, 2018
Impeccably Entertaining.
October 12, 2018
Stronger direction, better performances and a story that actually feels like it is headed somewhere special. Catching Fire more than lives up to the sky-high hype.
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