The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Reviews

  • Catching Fire burns across the screen with a fierce intent.

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • Catching Fire is more energized than the first Hunger Games movie; it's been directed, by Francis Lawrence, with a darkly sustained verve.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • It's largely satisfying as far as screen adventures go, and comes fully loaded with special effects and action scenes, and embellished with the usual brand-name character actors ...

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is crowd-pleasing and compelling, most of all because of its fiery, charismatic heroine.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Fans of "The Hunger Games" should find "Catching Fire" a superlative advancement of the franchise.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • Book's good. Movie's better. Wait, what?

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Jennifer Lawrence, of course, is the real draw. Female role models come and go, and Lawrence's Katniss is one of the better ones.

    Stephanie Zacharek — Village Voice

  • The double, or even triple, meanings behind Catching Fire -- the subtitle, as if you didn't know, of the second Hunger Games movie -- burns through this exciting, thoughtful adventure drama like a torch to tinder.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • None of it would work -- not the action, the adventure, the political subtext or the humor -- without the strength and beauty that Ms. Lawrence brings to the central role.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Those who understand the outrage that powers the books should ... appreciate the blunt way it embraces Collins' cautionary vision of how a ruthless, privileged few can keep the masses down by dividing them and entertaining them ...

    Nancy Churnin — Dallas Morning News

  • Catching Fire delivers on the grim, roiling promises of the original.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • The grand climax, whose elements include a long piece of wire, a lightning bolt, and an electronic force field, is an incoherent, rapid blur that will send the audience scurrying back to the book to find out what's supposed to be going on.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • Consider Catching Fire an example of successful franchise installment delivery, on time and in sturdy condition.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • This sequel is a triumph of production design: Philip Messina's settings are so detailed that they convey how the movie's dystopic U.S. functions beyond the story at hand, and Trish Summerville's costume design shows a similar degree of invention.

    Ben Sachs — Chicago Reader

  • Bigger, better and broodier than the first film.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • The new "The Empire Strikes Back," a smashing sci-fi sequel that takes its blockbuster franchise into deeper, smarter, more dramatically engaging territory.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • An improvement in almost every way from its pretty decent predecessor.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • "Catching Fire" is a great leap forward for the franchise. Seeing as it's all about hope and what it represents, here's hoping the next two are just as good, if not better.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • The jungle scenes were shot in Hawaii, so at least they all got a paid vacation.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • "Catching Fire" makes for rousing entertainment in its own right, leaving fans riled and ready to storm the castle.

    Peter Debruge — Variety

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