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Peter Bradshaw’s Review of “Catching Fire” Is Brief but Brilliant.

In response to Peter Bradshaw’s 202‑word review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on Guardian [UK]

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Peter Bradshaw’s review of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is a deadly arrow to the neck—in a good way.

The laconic Bradshaw has stalked the film through the forest and nailed it dead with a single arrow. Indeed, he does more in 202 words than some reviewers do in a thousand, more with one arrow than some “Hunger Games” contestants do with an entire quiver.

Bradshaw does let a little too much snark into his review—there’s definitely a hint of his looking down his nose at the young-adult source material. And he happily rides the current critical wave of gushing over J-Law, mentioning how sparkling she was when she herself gushed over getting hit on by Jack Nicholson at the Oscars. (These stars need to get over each other—and themselves!)

Still, Bradshaw’s review leaves one wanting more—even of his snark. He provides readers with enough of a glimpse of his talent and knowledge to leave them wanting to read more. Readers will wonder if Bradshaw simply didn’t want to waste his time reviewing “The Hunger Games” sequel or was forced by space constraints to keep his review so short. Either way, Bradshaw is reviewer to keep an eye on.    

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