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The Hunted

The Hunted (2003)



Average Rating: 4.7/10
Reviews Counted: 145
Fresh: 43 | Rotten: 102

An all too familiar chase movie that's not worth the talents involved.


Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 26

An all too familiar chase movie that's not worth the talents involved.



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A rogue special-forces soldier is tracked down by his former mentor in this action thriller from director William Friedkin (The French Connection, The Exorcist). In his first role since winning a Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2001, Benicio del Toro stars as Aaron Hallam, one of the U.S. military's most skilled hand-to-hand combat operatives. In the years following his successful assassination of a Serbian warlord in late-'90s Kosovo, Hallam finds himself plagued by traumatic flashbacks of death

Aug 12, 2003


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All Critics (157) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (43) | Rotten (102) | DVD (22)

Ludicrous, plotless, ho-hum tale of lurid confrontation.

March 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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There's too much talent on-screen and behind the camera for The Hunted to be dull, but it is predictable and disappointing, and we seem to be missing about a half-hour's worth of scenes that would have brought some depths to these characters.

March 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Essentially a reheating of 1982's First Blood ... but the fallout this time is simultaneously more ruthless, less emotional, and duller.

March 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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By stripping an action thriller this close to the bone, director William Friedkin has removed too much meat.

March 17, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
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This is schlock -- by-the-numbers action that ignores character development to the point where we find it hard to care whether L.T. catches Hallam or whether they end up running after each other until the world ends.

March 16, 2003 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Has so little going for it, you wonder if you've missed something.

March 14, 2003
Washington Post
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If only we could sympathise with Hallam as he seems to sympathise with hunted animals, this film might engage our interest; but as it stands, the whole length of The Hunted is merely a tedious deferral of the inevitable confrontation.

June 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Info
Daily Info

An awful and graphically violent movie.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

It's actually a tense, intelligent film, highlighting two of Friedkin's pet themes, and it deserves consideration among his best films.

October 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Just like Walter Hill's Undisputed, William Friedkin's The Hunted plays a like a clinic for lean, mean, no-nonsense filmmaking.

March 5, 2006

Be prepared to endure pounds of painful preposterousness in return for the film's pint-sized pleasures.

May 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

... It's the polar opposite of the stylized action popularized by The Matrix and other recent films.

January 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

With so much going right in The Hunted, it's a shame they couldn't track down a writer (three are credited) who could have figured out how to make the ending work.

January 4, 2004 Full Review

The Hunted . . . has the pacing of a chase movie, the atmosphere of a horror film and the tired formula of a morally bankrupt Tinseltown action flick.

December 1, 2003
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

It is a tolerable film, but it is not enlightening and it sure isn't entertaining. It is underwritten ... a waste of a lot of good acting and directing talent.

September 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Sem jamais desenvolver as personalidades de seus dois protagonistas, o filme faz com que a ação pareça não ter objetivo, embora seja dirigida com competência por Friedkin, mestre do gênero.

September 15, 2003
Cinema em Cena

The Hunted is as generic and unspecial a movie as its title suggests, a loose bundle of filmmaking formulas that leaves the viewer disengaged. . .

June 4, 2003 Full Review Source:

Leaves more loose ends than a family of octopi.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

Indifferently written but executed with the air of an aging artisan trying his groove back on for size.

May 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

Unlike most action movies, when the characters bleed, sweat, and scar, one can't help but notice. There's an emphasis on the physicality of the actors here that elevates some of the scenes above the film's generally uninspiring intentions.

April 12, 2003 Full Review Source:

This exercise in entertainment futility features silly improbabilities, cheesy coincidences, and enough dunderheaded plot points to have made a terrific comedy.

April 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

Never as exciting as it appears it should be.

March 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

...a generic by-the-numbers action thriller that has all the out-of-whack suspense of a defective dental drill...a desperate need to lend this rudimentary noisemaker some impulsive personality as well as credibility.

March 26, 2003 Full Review

It's depressing enough when lousy movies manage to snag the services of one talented Oscar winner, but finding two stranded in the same drivel seems like an especially monumental waste of resources.

March 26, 2003
Creative Loafing

While not quite the caliber of The French Connection or To Live and Die in LA, Friedkin's latest effort will find its niche among followers who prefer a smaller story to the epic scope of most thrillers.

March 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine
Premiere Magazine

The movie appears brutally cut which might explain its inability to develop a thought, much less any narrative momentum.

March 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for The Hunted

The Hunted was a pretty decent action flick. It's quick paced and the chase never lets up until the very end. I liked that it kept it going fast because this film had the potential to be a sleeper otherwise. Tommy Lee Jones is comfortable in these types of roles and he's good in them. Another great job. Benicio Del Toro is still a fairly new actor for me. I haven't seen him a lot of his films. I really like him and I thought he was great. But I saw him more as a tortured soul in this film. You teach people to be a vicious killer you shouldn't be surprised when that's what they turn out to be. The fight scenes were pretty intense and well choreographed. Good movie to watch on a rainy Cali night.
March 27, 2013

Super Reviewer

William Friedkin's The Hunted is an action thriller that starts off well before the slow decline.There really isn't much in the way of surprise when it comes to the story, which is probably why a run time just below 90 minutes is appropriate. The concept of an expert survivor tracking another expert works well in the wilderness, but the thrills decrease when the plot decides to move things into a more urban setting.The violence is bloody and realistic. The same can be said about the close quarter combat that occurs. The Hunted isn't exactly loaded from start to finish with this stuff; however, there is enough to get by.Tommy Lee Jones is a solid selection and plays his role well. Benicio Del Toro's line delivery is a bit awkward which makes him seem like a miscast. Connie Nielsen fills in the rest of the film when it isn't on Jones or Del Toro.For what it is, The Hunted is a watchable 90 minute production. Not much more than that.
December 9, 2012
JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

The Hunted is an exciting action film that delivers. Directed by William Friedkin, The Hunted is a thrill a minute action film. I really don't get the bad rep the film has received. The film is very enjoyable, and if you love a good action film with a strong cast, then this is a must see film. The film may not be perfect, and the plot may suffer st times, but Friedkin's directing keeps the film interesting. Benicio Del Toro is great here, and this is yet another strong performance. The Hunted is pure mindless fun, sure the plot at times is uneven, but the acting and the action delivery makes up for it. This isn't the film the best that Friedkin has directed, but this is still a good effort nonetheless. The actors make the film better than it is, and it's always exciting to see Benicio Del Toro and Toimmy Lee Jones go head to head. Friedkin's directing is immaculate and though the plot is weak at times, the performances alone make the film worth watching. I was very much entertained by the film, and thought that despite its imperfections, it was very entertaining with good thrills and good action, and above all, good acting. Overall there is is plenty of good talented actor here to keep you interested from start to finish, and though it's nothing new, it's always fun to watch. If you're looking for a mindless actioner with good directing and a good plot, this mis a good enough film for you to see.
January 10, 2012
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

Benicio is a good actor, but he can be guilty of overacting occasionally. Tommy Lee Jones is a solid one dimensional actor, he does well in films like these. Good fight scenes in the wilderness, making this film a mix between The Fugitive and First Blood.
April 27, 2010
Lenny Muggsy

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