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The Hunting Party (2007)

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53

Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 90
Fresh: 48 | Rotten: 42

The Hunting Party is tonally awkward: its shifts from dark satire to serious political thriller create an uneven film, despite best efforts from its game leads.

45

Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 16

The Hunting Party is tonally awkward: its shifts from dark satire to serious political thriller create an uneven film, despite best efforts from its game leads.

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67

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 39,828

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An emerging journalist (Jesse Eisenberg), an experienced cameraman (Terrence Howard), and a discredited reporter (Richard Gere) find their bold plan to capture Bosnia's top war criminal quickly spiraling out of control when a UN representative mistakes them for a CIA hit squad in a light-hearted thriller inspired by Scott Anderson's popular Esquire article. The Weinstein Company provides stateside distribution for a film written and directed by Richard Shepard (The Matador). ~ Jason Buchanan,

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Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy

Richard Shepard

Jan 22, 2008

$0.8M

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All Critics (95) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (48) | Rotten (42) | DVD (12)

The action plot is lousy with cliched suspense scenes of back-road executions halted at the last possible instant.

December 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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By the time the end credits roll, you're still not sure what kind of movie The Hunting Party is supposed to be, other than just queasy.

September 22, 2007
Miami Herald
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...The Hunting Party still is a movie worth chasing down.

September 21, 2007 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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The Hunting Party is a complete bust, but the ways in which it fails are interesting.

September 21, 2007 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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...it does make room for the latest, loose-screw character part in the reinvention of Gere's career.

September 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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The Hunting Party has good aim, but just misses.

September 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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It's not a bad story as far as it goes, and says a lot about the strange culture war journalism ... [but] no story, no matter how interesting, can't do without a little bit of the Hollywood treatment, and "The Hunting Party" suffers that in spades.

March 22, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

Features some truly outrageous events.... But filmmaker Shepard struggles to avoid action and comedy cliches

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Adorns its bankrupt inanity in the robes of Importance

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

There are a lot of movies that don't deliver on their promise. The Hunting Party is one of them. It's a disheartening disappointment.

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly
Fayetteville Free Weekly

Tense, funny, disturbing and touching from moment one.

August 26, 2008 Full Review Source: ReelzChannel.com

The most intriguing parts of this film are contained in the voice-over montage in the beginning and a surprise ending, leaving a lot of filler in the middle.

March 3, 2008 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review
The Scorecard Review

Ludicrous, bewildering, and largely true (at least the "most ridiculous parts" according to the film's preface), it plays like an adventure story written by Kafka

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly
I.E. Weekly

Gere has so much fun in his role it's almost unfair that he was paid for his efforts.

January 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

The movie is more concerned with mounting big screen infotainment and sidebar issues like the lure of 'that adrenalin rush and nonstop erection of fear and war,' than making sense of the confounding stage of world history.

January 12, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

a very poor man's Three Kings, minus the deft mixture of witty satire/raw emotion and solid chemistry amongst the three leads.

December 18, 2007
Manhattan Movie Magazine

The magazine piece was convoluted at best, and writer-director Richard Shepard doesn't make things much clearer.

November 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Although the film initially plays like breezy fun, it begins to crumble under the weight of lofty ambitions and a scattershot tone.

November 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Metromix.com
Metromix.com

...the cinematic equivalent of a loud and goofy garage band that hasn't quite mastered the art of staying in tune but sometimes hits you right in the happy zone.

October 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Whenever the film threatens to get bogged down in self-seriousness, Shepard quickly retreats to satiric cynicism.

October 14, 2007 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Gere is almost unmatched at portraying wacky characters like Hunt. He is so charismatic that you believe he can charm, manipulate and/or con just about anyone.

September 25, 2007 Full Review
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

True to its word, there are plenty of ludicrous moments in 'The Hunting Party', which plays like a buddy adventure film.

September 25, 2007 Full Review
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

It's a funny, horrible story (with black humor of the sort many war correspondents write about), shot mostly in Croatia and nicely paced.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

Writer-director Richard Shepard's humor is tempered by a deadly serious undercurrent.

September 21, 2007
Salt Lake Tribune

Audience Reviews for The Hunting Party

This film about journalists on the hunt for a Serbian war criminal suffers from being a bit undecided what exactly it wants to be. Sometimes it's a really dark commentary on the meaningless and brutality of war, the necessity to report about it as it is and then it tries to be some kind of satire, which just does not fit together that well. Whenever it concentrates on the ruined Bosnian houses, cities, and the lonely hills and forests, with the protagonists traveling through that hostile environment it has some really good moments. The humor seems out of place then, and the final info texts before the end credits try to make it look like a much quirkier film than it was or should have been, for that matter. Technically and as far as the acting is concerned, there is no reason to complain.For a film that is trying to portray reality the solution to the story comes a bit too easily and realistically. Entertaining but not entirely satisfying.
December 29, 2012
ironclad1609

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This is a very well done, really exciting movie. I am starting to search out anything with Richard Gere in it, anymore. He doesn't do a ton of movies, but what he does do always proves to be of really good quality
October 14, 2010
itsjustme2004

Super Reviewer

Richard Gere, Terrence Howard, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Kruger, Mark Ivanir

DIRECTED BY: Richard Shepard

A young journalist, a seasoned cameraman and a discredited war correspondent embark on an unauthorized mission to find the no. 1 war criminal in Bosnia; they find themselves in serious jeopardy when they are mistaken as a CIA hit squad and their target decides to come after them.

I thought this was a really good movie. It held my attention all the way through. Entertaining with action, comedy, and some drama mixed in. Really well done. Also the fact that it's based on three journalist and most of it is on true events makes it even better. There are some very intense scenes. The things that happend in that country is both sad and sickening. The acting was good by all three leads. Their characters are very likable as well. A really good movie that should be seen.
March 6, 2010
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"How can they find the world's most wanted war criminal when the C.I.A. can't? [by actually looking]"

An emerging journalist (Jesse Eisenberg), an experienced cameraman (Terrence Howard), and a discredited reporter (Richard Gere) find their bold plan to capture Bosnia's top war criminal quickly spiraling out of control when a UN representative mistakes them for a CIA hit squad in a light-hearted thriller inspired by Scott Anderson's popular Esquire article. The Weinstein Company provides stateside distribution for a film written and directed by Richard Shepard (The Matador).

Review
The Hunting Party does not cover all aspects of the complex and brutal Bosnian war of the 90s. It is obvious that such movies can't possibly cover all aspects of a war, it has to pick and choose a perspective it thinks will make a good and informative movie, and which people would want to spend money on.

This movie is unique and it gives us something from a journalist's perspective...very ambitious journalists actually! The acting is consistent and solid throughout, and the movie is shot beautifully. There are some smart and funny lines along the way which makes the movie entertaining.

Another good flick that respects history while never failing to provide entertainment along the way! People who liked Charlie Wilson's will enjoy this one too.
November 7, 2008
LorenzoVonMatterhorn
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