The Hunting Party Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
March 22, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
July 6, 2010
Features some truly outrageous events.... But filmmaker Shepard struggles to avoid action and comedy cliches
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 27, 2009
Adorns its bankrupt inanity in the robes of Importance
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly
February 2, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
Heather Huntington
ReelzChannel.com
August 26, 2008
Tense, funny, disturbing and touching from moment one.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
March 3, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
February 22, 2008
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
Full Review | Original Score: A
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
January 22, 2008
Gere has so much fun in his role it's almost unfair that he was paid for his efforts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
January 12, 2008
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.
Marlow Stern
Manhattan Movie Magazine
December 18, 2007
a very poor man's Three Kings, minus the deft mixture of witty satire/raw emotion and solid chemistry amongst the three leads.
| Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 17, 2007
The action plot is lousy with cliched suspense scenes of back-road executions halted at the last possible instant.
Sue Pierman
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
November 8, 2007
The magazine piece was convoluted at best, and writer-director Richard Shepard doesn't make things much clearer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
November 8, 2007
Although the film initially plays like breezy fun, it begins to crumble under the weight of lofty ambitions and a scattershot tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 15, 2007
...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.
Full Review | Original Score: 86/100
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
October 14, 2007
Whenever the film threatens to get bogged down in self-seriousness, Shepard quickly retreats to satiric cynicism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
September 25, 2007
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.
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
September 25, 2007
True to its word, there are plenty of ludicrous moments in 'The Hunting Party', which plays like a buddy adventure film.
Top Critic
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 22, 2007
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
September 22, 2007
It's a funny, horrible story (with black humor of the sort many war correspondents write about), shot mostly in Croatia and nicely paced.
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
September 21, 2007
Writer-director Richard Shepard's humor is tempered by a deadly serious undercurrent.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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