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The Hunting Party Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 17, 2007
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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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.

| Original Score: 2/4

September 22, 2007
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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...The Hunting Party still is a movie worth chasing down.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

September 21, 2007
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The Hunting Party is a complete bust, but the ways in which it fails are interesting.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 21, 2007
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

September 21, 2007
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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The Hunting Party has good aim, but just misses.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

September 21, 2007
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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When something seems too bizarre to be true, that's generally how it plays onscreen.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

September 21, 2007
Nell Minow
Chicago Sun-Times
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As they say, the difference between movies and real life is that real life does not have to make sense. And that is what it takes to make crazy times real to us in a way that the truth cannot convey.

Full Review | Original Score: B+

September 21, 2007
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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...The Hunting Party derives much of its tension from watching seemingly 'normal' people doing seriously insane stuff.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

September 21, 2007
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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On paper, there's no way that The Hunting Party should work. But onscreen, it defies the odds.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

September 20, 2007
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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If the director traffics in the realm of black comedy, any attempts to win us over or encourage sympathy or empathy with the rollicking hell-raisers on screen tend to give off a bad odor.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 20, 2007
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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A forgettable contribution to all those movies about tormented, gonzo newsmen, stranded in some hellish outpost (in this case, Bosnia), who drink to drown those terrible memories but are committed to news, news, news.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

September 20, 2007

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September 15, 2007
Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
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Politics aside, The Hunting Party is a breezy, occasionally bumpy ride that ultimately becomes a satisfying journey.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

September 14, 2007
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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[Director] Shepard strikes just the right absurd, satirical tone until near the end, when he allows the film to wrap up a bit too conveniently.

September 14, 2007
Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
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A sour, disenchanted war comedy that affects a breezy style, The Hunting Party was originally called Spring Break in Bosnia.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

September 14, 2007
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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The Hunting Party is a not dark enough, not comic enough dark comedy about the aftermath of the Serbo-Bosnian War.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

September 13, 2007
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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The strength of The Hunting Party is its shaggy-dog quality.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B+

September 7, 2007
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Although Gere and Howard's characters are invented, they feel the truest of all. They are often more foolhardy than courageous, less brave than simply stubborn. They are not real heroes, in the classic sense. But they are simply real.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

September 7, 2007
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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The film comes off more like a drunken recollection by a war correspondent than something that might actually have happened.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

September 7, 2007
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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The opening credit disclaimer for writer-director Richard Shepard's The Hunting Party -- 'Only the most ridiculous parts of this story are true' -- didn't help me much. Everything about this political thriller is ridiculous.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 7, 2007
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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The biggest problem with the movie is the tone, which is by turns preachy, silly, mawkish and dark.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

September 7, 2007
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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The Hunting Party is a misfired, misguided would-be satire set in postwar Bosnia.

| Original Score: 1.5/5

September 7, 2007
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Compared to a great war zone movie about reporters such as Under Fire, The Hunting Party is thin stuff.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: D+

September 6, 2007
Jan Stuart
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A smart and tense diversion, albeit in a vaguely irresponsible way.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 6, 2007
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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I left feeling a bit uncomfortable, but the fact that Shepard gets away with it at all is a testament to his talent.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

September 5, 2007
Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
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Like many of the best movies about war and its lingering echo, The Hunting Party is full of dark humor.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 4, 2007
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Just brilliant.

September 4, 2007
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Unfortunately, Shepard's approach takes the movie into Jason Bourne territory and away from the black comedy he seemingly wants to make, making the film fall between the cracks in terms of boxoffice appeal.

August 31, 2007
Robert Koehler
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Alternately glib, superficial and amusing, pic vainly attempts to absorb some degree of Serbian irony into a story that's unavoidably lessened by its privileged American vantage point.

Full Review Source: Variety

August 31, 2007
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