• R, 1 hr. 38 min.
  • Horror
  • Directed By:
    Tony Scott
    In Theaters:
    Apr 29, 1983 Wide
    On DVD:
    Oct 5, 2004
  • MGM

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The Hunger Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

As good a horror film in the most pure, rarefied sense of "horror" that the '80s produced in English.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 8/10

June 24, 2013
Rob Vaux

Vampire movies were always cool, but it took The Hunger to make them modern.

Full Review Source: Mania.com | Original Score: B

May 14, 2013
Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

Bloody lesbian-vampire story is stylish, but no Twilight.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

March 8, 2011
Cynthia Fuchs

The focus of Hunger is emphatically the death of Bobby Sands, specifically, what happens to his body, viewed from a tragic outside and, to an imaginative extent, a determined inside.

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 9/10

April 7, 2009
Raoul Hernandez
Austin Chronicle

More style than substance, and perhaps simply an excuse to get Denueve and Susan Sarandon, Miriam's post-Bowie love, in bed together.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle

November 18, 2008

TV Guide's Movie Guide

A slick, largely empty visual exercise with vague thematic overtones about a clash between American and European culture.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 18, 2008
Variety Staff
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In his feature debut, director Tony Scott, brother of Ridley, exhibits the same penchant for eleborate art direction, minimal, humorless dialog and shooting in smoky rooms.

Full Review Source: Variety

November 18, 2008
Cole Smithey

Deneuve and Sarandon are something else.

| Original Score: 4/5

November 4, 2007

Time Out
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Visual sensualities will have a feast, but you'll have to read Whitley Strieber's novel if you don't want to emerge with a badly scratched head.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

Nearly unwatchable lesbian vampire flick.

| Original Score: D-

December 16, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The Hunger is an agonizingly bad vampire movie, circling around an exquisitely effective sex scene. Sorry, but that's the way it is, and your reporter has to be honest.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 23, 2004
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

In The Hunger, like in that ludicrous advertisement for Britney Spears's Curious perfume, sexual desire simply provokes postmodern psychotropic episodes.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

October 12, 2004
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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The movie reeks with chic, but never, for one minute, takes itself too seriously, nor does it ever slop over into camp.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 30, 2004
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Style over substance in this vampire drama.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

August 20, 2004


Director Scott spends more time on the visuals than plot and character development, so don't expect to understand much, but do enjoy the luxurious interior decor and eye-candy sunsets.

Full Review Source: Film4

March 30, 2004
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times

One scene, any scene, renders Hot Topic wannabes irrelevant.

| Original Score: 4/5

January 21, 2004
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Slick, but superficial vampire flick that finally collapses on itself.

| Original Score: 3/5

March 19, 2003
Christopher Null

Tepid vampire fare is really notable only for being Tony Scott's first major movie and for its steamy love scene between Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

September 26, 2002
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

"influential Goth/lesbian/vampire love story"

| Original Score: 3/5

July 29, 2002
Scott Weinberg

Half silly, half sexy. And mostly boring.

| Original Score: 2/5

July 26, 2002
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