"You cannot believe how excruciatingly awful this movie is. It is bad in a way that will cause unfortunate viewers to huddle in the lobby afterward, hugging in small groups, consoling one another with the knowledge that it’s over, it’s over — thank God, it’s over. […] Compared to the honest hard labor performed by tens of millions of Americans every day, a film critic’s job is like a winning lottery ticket. But there IS work involved, and it can be painful — and the next time someone tells me I have the best job in the world, I’m going to grab them by the ear, fourth-grade-teacher-in-1966-style, and drag them to see Deck the Halls."
— Roger Ebert
"When the closing credits rolled after the original The Hunger Games, I thought to myself, “Eh, not bad.” But I was in no rush to see the follow-up. When the closing credits rolled after Francis Lawrence’s Catching Fire, after I was able to collect myself, I was fully prepared to run out and get a mockingjay tattoo. Over my heart. With the phrase, “I will lay down my life for you, Katniss Everdeen, because you are the first and finest true hero of 21st century cinema."
— Jordan Hoffman
"The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shockproof, bullshit detector."