Catching Fire Reviews: Totally Smoldering!

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Let's face it: you were gonna go see Catching Fire no matter what, weren't you?

There's the curiosity about turning the second Hunger Games novel into a big screen feature... there's the awesome Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss... and you have seen Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair, right? Hubba. Hubba.

But this can only help the blockbuster's box office: many early reviews are in. And they are positively smoldering!

Scroll down for a look at what glowing things critics from around the country are saying about Catching Fire...

It's like an awesome episode of Survivor All-Stars, except the stakes are so much bigger. - Movies.com

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

Whatever the flaws, many from the books, this second grittier, more confident round of Hunger Games thrills us into submission. - Empire Magazine

Catching Fire expands Suzanne Collins' novel beyond the confines of the arena to tackle some seriously brutal truths - plugging gaps and sowing seeds for a two-part finale that will have to work hard to match its grit. - Total Film

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

Dismiss it as a popcorn movie if you must, but at least they've bothered to serve it with real butter and truffle salt. - The Wrap

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

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