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Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.

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Release date: Nov 22, 2013
 
MPAA rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some frightening images, thematic elements, a suggestive situation and language
 
Official website: http://www.thehungergamesexplorer.com/us/
 
Runtime: 146 min
 
Movie Reviews:
  • 91
    The Playlist - by Todd Gilchrist
    Catching Fire is a monumental achievement, a massively entertaining crowd-pleaser that is thought-provoking and personally inspiring in all of the ways that it aspires to be. ...read more

  • 90
    Wall Street Journal - by Joe Morgenstern
    Catching Fire is exceptional entertainment, a spectacle with a good mind and a pounding heart. ...read more

  • 90
    Variety - by Peter Debruge
    [Francis] Lawrence and his team have calibrated the entire experience for maximum engagement. And while its pleasures can’t touch the thrill of seeing the Death Star destroyed — not yet, at least — the film runs circles around George Lucas’ ability to weave complex political ideas into the very fabric of B-movie excitement. ...read more

  • 88
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) - by Geoff Pevere
    The result is not only a dramatic improvement over what was already an unusually smart and satisfying pop-cultural parable of insurgent 99-per-cent rebellion, but a very likely candidate for the all-time-great-sequel sweepstakes. ...read more

  • 88
    Rolling Stone - by Peter Travers
    Pop-culture escapism can be thrilling when dished out by experts. Katniss is a character worth a handful of sequels. And Lawrence lights up the screen. You'll follow her anywhere. ...read more

  • 88
    ReelViews - by James Berardinelli
    The screen translation of Catching Fire, the second volume of the series, offers its audience many of the elements that made The Hunger Games compelling, but adds to that by deepening the themes and emotional currents and traveling to darker destinations. ...read more

  • 88
    Chicago Sun-Times - by Richard Roeper
    Catching Fire makes only the occasional misstep. ...read more

  • 83
    Christian Science Monitor - by Peter Rainer
    As teencentric franchises go, I much prefer The Hunger Games to the blessedly expired “Twilight” films. For one thing, they employ much better actors. My favorite: Amanda Plummer, one of the best and most underused actresses in America, as one of the Quell contestants. ...read more

  • 80
    Salon.com - by Andrew O'Hehir
    It’s a middle chapter, for sure, but a vigorous and fast-paced one that leaves you hungry for more. ...read more

  • 80
    Time - by Richard Corliss
    Spinning in that wedding dress, or glaring in wary repose, Lawrence catches fire on screen. ...read more

  • 80
    Los Angeles Times - by Kenneth Turan
    An effective piece of melodramatic popular entertainment that savvily builds on the foundation established by the first Hunger Games movie. ...read more

  • 80
    Arizona Republic - by Bill Goodykoontz
    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. ...

  • 80
    New York Daily News - by Joe Neumaier
    The good news is it comes very close, and does it without sacrificing its soul. Despite its sense of been-here-slayed-that, director Francis Lawrence expertly delivers thrills, ideas and spectacle. ...read more

  • 80
    The Dissolve - by Genevieve Koski
    It’s not just bigger, it’s better, and it bodes well for the future of the series, if not necessarily of its unlucky protagonist. ...read more

  • 80
    New York Magazine (Vulture) - by David Edelstein
    Relatively speaking, Catching Fire is terrific. Even nonrelatively, it's pretty damn good. ...read more

  • 80
    Empire - by Ian Nathan
    Defying rote heroics and sidestepping those solemn Frodoisms lurking in the role, Lawrence seeks out the complex, human and earthy in Katniss, still the beating heart and total triumph of these movies. ...read more

  • 80
    The Telegraph - by Robbie Collin
    It’s a critic’s instinct to auto-praise any blockbuster that tries to do something different, but Catching Fire is so committed to carrying on the fine work started by its predecessor that the applause flows utterly naturally. ...read more

  • 80
    Time Out London - by Cath Clarke
    Catching Fire looks and feels epic. Hands down it’s one of the most entertaining films of the year. ...read more

  • 80
    Total Film - by Paul Bradshaw
    Catching Fire delivers on all the promise of Part 1 with a gutsier, tougher, better round of Games. ...read more

  • 79
    NPR - by Ian Buckwalter
    Everything that felt clumsy in The Hunger Games has been improved upon here. That's most apparent in the clarity of the action, but it also extends to how efficiently the film establishes so many new ensemble members. ...read more

  • 75
    RogerEbert.com - by Susan Wloszczyna
    With each on-screen chapter, the poor girl from District 12 continues to fulfill her destiny as an inspiration and a rebel fighter. She is but one female, but she's the perfect antidote to the surplus of male superheroes out there. ...read more

  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle - by Mick LaSalle
    Best in its first hour, when it concentrates on the politics and the specific horrors of Panem. It becomes more conventional in the second half and loses steam, but it's always heading somewhere. ...read more

  • 75
    Miami Herald - by Rene Rodriguez
    Catching Fire is a work of thoughtful, emotionally engaging sci-fi — everything that its predecessor The Hunger Games was not. ...read more

  • 75
    Entertainment Weekly - by Owen Gleiberman
    Catching Fire is smoothly exciting but a bit of a tease. ...read more

  • 75
    The A.V. Club - by A.A. Dowd
    Like too many franchise installments, Catching Fire builds to more of an ellipsis than a period, teasing the next chapter instead of providing closure. But isn’t that true of "The Empire Strikes Back" as well? At least casual fans will only have to wait a year, not three, to see what happens next in this galaxy not so far away. ...read more

  • 75
    Philadelphia Inquirer - by Steven Rea
    Catching Fire is bigger, better and broodier than the first film. ...read more

  • 75
    New York Post - by Sara Stewart
    Yes, it’s the middle chapter and feels like it, but it’s never dull. ...read more

  • 75
    Slant Magazine - by Richard Larson
    Francis Lawrence imbues the source material with visceral pleasure in well-wrought scenes vacillating between elaborate spectacle, breathtaking terror, and--occasionally--surprising beauty. ...read more

  • 70
    The New York Times - by Manohla Dargis
    Catching Fire isn’t a great work of art but it’s a competent, at times exciting movie and it does something that better, more artistically notable movies often fail to do: It speaks to its moment in time. ...

  • 70
    Village Voice - by Stephanie Zacharek
    Catching Fire suffers from the movie equivalent of middle-book syndrome: The story is wayward and rangy, on its way to being something, maybe, but not adding up to much by itself. Still, it’s entertaining as civics lessons go, and it’s a more polished, assured picture than its predecessor. ...read more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter - by Todd McCarthy
    This is a safe, serviceable, carefully crafted action drama in which the subversive seeds planted in the first story take welcome root. ...read more

  • 67
    Charlotte Observer - by Lawrence Toppman
    Lawrence gives the same committed, heart-rending performance, and she’s even more saintly than before: The script never lets her fire an arrow except in self-defense, and she stubbornly defies Snow in public, though she knows the probable consequence is death. Hutcherson has more personality this time, yet Peeta doesn’t deepen as a character. ...read more

  • 67
    Austin Chronicle - by Kimberley Jones
    The Hunger Games franchise, both in print and onscreen, has been exceptionally clever about cozying away imaginative space for fans to fill in the blanks and cast themselves in the rich drama. That this latest film leaves us hungering for more only means that it’s working. ...read more

  • 63
    Washington Post - by Ann Hornaday
    Everyone hits their marks with gusto and believability in Catching Fire... But the engine of the entire operation is Jennifer Lawrence. ...read more

  • 63
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch - by Joe Williams
    The ingredients are in place for a potent finale, but “Catching Fire” is watered down. ...read more

  • 63
    USA Today - by Claudia Puig
    Crowd-pleasing and compelling, most of all because of its fiery, charismatic heroine. ...read more

  • 60
    Time Out New York - by Keith Uhlich
    A Matrix Reloaded–like cliffhanger reminds that this is only the second installment out of four (good lord), but at least the flick leaves us with more than a tinge of interest in whom the odds will favor next. ...read more

  • 60
    The Guardian - by Paul MacInnes
    What lets the movie down is its heart, or lack thereof. The reprise of the Games introduces new adversaries (and some allies) but has exactly the same dynamic as in the first movie. ...read more

  • 50
    The New Yorker - by David Denby
    Yet, despite the good acting, the middle section of the film, set at the Capitol, is attenuated and rhythmless — the filmmakers seem to be touching all the bases so that the trilogy’s readers won’t miss anything. ...read more

  • 50
    New York Observer - by Rex Reed
    Enough is enough. One good thing: The jungle scenes were shot in Hawaii, so at least they all got a paid vacation. ...read more

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