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The Playlist

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.
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Catching Fire is exceptional entertainment, a spectacle with a good mind and a pounding heart.
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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.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Very few people will take in this spectacle of a society amusing itself to death, of “reality games” and the vapid media hysteria that surrounds them, and not draw a parallel to our own televised bread and circuses. At its best, “Catching Fire” is a blockbuster that bites the culture that made it.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
Catching Fire makes only the occasional misstep.
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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.
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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.
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80

Total Film

By Paul Bradshaw
Catching Fire delivers on all the promise of Part 1 with a gutsier, tougher, better round of Games.
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80

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.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Crowd-pleasing and compelling, most of all because of its fiery, charismatic heroine.
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75 out of 100
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