Metacritic Movie Ratings
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Reviews

4.0

75

out of 100

Metascore®
Generally favorable reviews
Based on a weighted average of all critic review scores.

A sample of reviews from critics across the country.

  • 90

    out of 100

    Wall Street JournalJoe Morgenstern

    Catching Fire is exceptional entertainment, a spectacle with a good mind and a pounding heart.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    ReelViewsJames 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.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-TimesRichard Roeper

    Catching Fire makes only the occasional misstep.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    VarietyPeter 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.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago TribuneMichael Phillips

    Catching Fire has the bonus of a genuinely charismatic performer at its center. Jennifer Lawrence, now an Oscar winner thanks to "Silver Linings Playbook," emotes like crazy throughout "Catching Fire," but you never catch her acting.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood ReporterTodd McCarthy

    This is a safe, serviceable, carefully crafted action drama in which the subversive seeds planted in the first story take welcome root.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA TodayClaudia Puig

    Crowd-pleasing and compelling, most of all because of its fiery, charismatic heroine.

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