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The Hunt (2013)



Critic Consensus: Anchored by Mads Mikkelsen's sympathetic performance, The Hunt asks difficult questions with the courage to pursue answers head on.

Movie Info

Mads Mikkelsen (NBC's Hannibal, A ROYAL AFFAIR, CASINO ROYALE) won the Best Actor Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival for his penetrating portrayal of Lucas, a former school teacher who has been forced to start over having overcome a tough divorce and the loss of his job. Just as things are starting to go his way, his life is shattered when an untruthful remark throws his small community into a collective state of hysteria. As the lie spreads, Lucas is forced to fight a lonely fight for his life and dignity. (c) Magnoliamore
Rating: R (for sexual content including a graphic image, violence and language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Thomas Vinterberg, Tobias Lindholm
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 10, 2013
Box Office: $0.6M
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Critic Reviews for The Hunt

All Critics (124) | Top Critics (27)

You leave The Hunt unsettled in the best sense. Its images and implications are likely to stay in your head a long time.

Full Review… | December 16, 2013
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

The Hunt's inexorability feels derived more from thematic or ideological concerns than any organic necessity.

Full Review… | December 16, 2013
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Thomas Vinterberg's The Hunt conveys the sinister swirl of persecution more vividly than any film I can remember.

Full Review… | August 29, 2013
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

The Hunt has left me more shaken than any other film I've seen all year.

Full Review… | September 29, 2015
Tiny Mix Tapes

It's moving, yet unsettling throughout, especially with an open ending that refuses to give the audience the closure that we foolishly think we'll get.

Full Review… | July 20, 2015
The Young Folks

The Hunt is an extremely effective, skilfully put together psychological thriller, whose only tools are human character traits.

Full Review… | March 13, 2014
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Audience Reviews for The Hunt


An extremely nerve-wracking thriller in which Mads Mikkelsen is fantastic as a man going through a terrifying ordeal. However, it is impossible to overlook some major implausibilities, especially the character staying in the town against all good sense and the ridiculous ending.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


A teacher is falsely accused of molesting a young girl, his best friend's daughter.
The highlight of this film is the tensely controlled performance by Mads Mikkelsen. He is appropriately morally outraged at times, and his face conveys a forced hope of dignity.
The film moves slowly and could've probably been about twenty minutes shorter without losing much of its effect. The plot unfolds predictably, but it's Mikkelsen who keeps everything interesting.
Overall, this film is strong primarily because of Mikkelsen.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


A very scary film. Not because it's in the horror or thriller genre, but because it is a potent reminder of how humans can be bigger monsters than any creature you can invent.

In the Danish film "Jagten (The Hunt)" Mads Mikkelsen, who's doing some incredible work on NBC's "Hannibal" is compelling as a man wrongly accused by a young girl of sexual molestation. This likable and responsible adult is viciously ostracized by a town that without reservation believe the accusation. What makes the story even more potent is that the town is filled with former friends and people that have known the main character for his whole life. The accuser is his best friend's young daughter so the difficult situation becomes even more desperate.

"The Hunt" is a punch in the gut emotionally but as a film, it is strongly realized and will stay with you for a while.

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Tony GandŪa

Super Reviewer

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