The Night of the Hunter Reviews

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
October 14, 2014
One of the great movie horror tales, with one of the greatest of all movie villains.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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TIME Magazine
October 7, 2008
It is a garish, unbelievable but fairly exciting nightmare.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
August 28, 2007
Ultimately the source of its style and power is mysterious -- it is a film without precedents, and without any real equals
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Variety Staff
Variety
August 28, 2007
This start for Gregory as producer and Laughton as director is rich in promise but the completed product, bewitching at times, loses sustained drive via too many offbeat touches that have a misty effect.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
March 25, 2006
All this has been crisply compacted into clear screen drama by the late James Agee and it is put forth under the direction of Mr. Laughton in stark, rigid visual terms.
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
January 26, 2006
It's the most haunted and dreamlike of all American films, a gothic backwoods ramble with the Devil at its heels.
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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
March 21, 2002
One of the most chilling suspense films ever made, it's also the finest role of Robert Mitchum.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
October 23, 2001
Though purely homegrown, Hunter contains no social critique -- the issues are elemental, the morality biblical, the trials Homeric. In terms of cinematic texture, it's a hound from hell.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Laughton creates terrific tension between Mitchum and his prey, turning the preacher into a bloodthirsty wolf and Willa's children into tender lambs.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
One of the most frightening of movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4