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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)



Critic 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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THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE begins as 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. (c) Lionsgate

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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 (293) | Top Critics (77)

It's mainstream entertainment, but it succeeds at being riveting and deeply unsettling mainstream entertainment that casts a critical light on our current systems.

January 20, 2021 | Full Review…

Vivid, visceral filmmaking, twisty and entertaining, with startlingly good turns by Jennifer Lawrence and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

June 18, 2016 | Full Review…

The movies (gratefully) violently counteract any attempt we might make to see them as fun escapism.

April 13, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Gary Ross did the hype justice by kicking off the series with a highly effective adaptation and now Francis Lawrence builds upon that success by taking the budget boost and funneling it into top talent, stunning visuals and an all-consuming experience.

December 31, 2013 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

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…

Audience Reviews for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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 Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

The restless camera in the action scenes still makes it a tad difficult to see what is going on like in the first movie, but what is great about this bleak, intense sequel is that it focuses less on the fighting and more on the political issues, the desolation, the characters.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


From solid storytelling to Movie Magic, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" surpasses every standard set by it's predecessor and keeps you engaged the entire time. With more character development and a much sharper script, this sequel feels like "The Empire Strikes Back" of this series. This time the winning tributes from the past years are forced back into battle with each other and they must form allies to survive. This time they are in control of the entire setting of the games and try their hardest to decide to lives and who dies. Straying away from the shaky cam like the first film had, and getting much better direction on board, the crew does a much better job here and the actors look more alive than ever. I have to say that I loved every second of my experience with this film, even though a few technical aspects were pretty distracting. The stakes are raised and you will not see some of the twists coming. The second instalment in "The Hunger Games" franchise is terrific and I cannot wait to see the conclusion.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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