"Her main co-star, Josh Hutcherson, on the other hand, greatly impressed. His character is far more rounded, thanks to the scriptwriters – a challenge which Hutcherson accepted gracefully, especially considering his main sparring partner is now an Academy Award winner."
Focus Film Catching Fire review
"This feels to me like the first truly adult performance Josh Hutcherson has given. I like him as a performer, and I think he’s had an interesting ride so far. I’d love to talk to him sometime about his performance capture work for Robert Zemeckis on “The Polar Express.” I think both “Zathura” and “Bridge To Terabithia” are under-seen gems, and movies like “Detention” and “The Kids Are All Right” speak well to how adventurous he’s going to be with material. Up till now, though, I don’t think I’ve really seen a performance where everything boyish about him was simply gone, and here, he shows us what makes Peeta Mellark more than just some boy with a crush on Katniss. He’s got a personal definition of love and sacrifice that he lives by that seem far more intense than anything Katniss can possibly return, and he knows that there will never be a balance. He knows that she won’t feel the same way. But when he demands respect from her in this film, it’s one of those things that makes me really like a character, because he’s right, and the way he handles it actually helps things instead of making them worse."