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The Hunt (2013)


Average Rating: 7.9/10
Reviews Counted: 122
Fresh: 114 | Rotten: 8

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

Average Rating: 8/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 3

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


Average Rating: 4.3/5
User Ratings: 18,064



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 … More

R (for sexual content including a graphic image, violence and language)
Directed By:
Written By:
Thomas Vinterberg , Tobias Lindholm
In Theaters:
Dec 10, 2013
Box Office:
Magnolia Pictures - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for The Hunt

All Critics (122) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (114) | Rotten (8) | DVD (1)

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

Through it all, we see an idyllic-looking community, where glorious fall colors fade into twinkling December snow - a pretty frame for a terrifying story of a modern-day witch hunt.

Full Review… | August 16, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

It's hard to watch. It should be seen.

Full Review… | August 15, 2013
Detroit News
Top Critic

Vinterberg orchestrates the material impressively, increasing tension little by little until it becomes overwhelming.

Full Review… | August 1, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | March 13, 2014
Movie Mezzanine

Engrossing, profoundly disturbing psychological drama - with a devastating conclusion.

Full Review… | February 12, 2014
SSG Syndicate

A profoundly important subject--the "repressed memories" witch-hunts--dramatized superbly with a top-notch cast. Deserves not only best foreign picture of the year award, but best picture period.

Full Review… | January 31, 2014

Though its theme is hardly a happy subject, this thought-provoking Danish drama on the false accusation of child abuse is nonetheless extra-highly recommended

Full Review… | January 3, 2014
SheKnows Network

A sublime performance from Mads Mikkelsen is just one facet of a brilliant and unnerving drama that provides brutal, thought-provoking answers to the tough questions it asks.

Full Review… | December 28, 2013
We Got This Covered

It's a maddening, strangely riveting cinematic experience to follow a man wrongly accused of a crime that could stain his name forever ... but there's still something one-note about this near-tragedy. The script, too, seems programmatic.

Full Review… | December 27, 2013
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

The acting on all fronts is outstanding, with Mikkelsen holding the centre magnificently as the wronged teacher, his life contaminated by the slow-acting poison of rumour.

Full Review… | December 16, 2013

This is not a new story. However it's been handled superbly by Vinterberg working with co-screenwriter Tobias Lindholm.

Full Review… | December 16, 2013
At the Movies (Australia)

The Hunt starts off with great promise before it fails.

Full Review… | December 13, 2013
Combustible Celluloid

Mikkelsen acts as a superb anchor, making these two hours go by somewhat rapidly. In short, he's the main reason to give this devastating analysis of truth a whirl.

Full Review… | December 9, 2013

The injustice story might be upsetting but it tells us nothing we don't already know about the horrors from a rush to judgment that turns out wrong.

Full Review… | December 5, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Grimly one-note and miserabilist.

Full Review… | November 22, 2013
Antagony & Ecstasy

A nursery school student, angry at her teacher, says something stupid which leads to a witch hunt in a small Danish town. Tension builds inexorably in this intense drama about a teacher accused of sexual misconduct.

Full Review… | November 19, 2013
Laramie Movie Scope

This is a serious treatment of what it is to be [accused of a sex crime], and it is much more disturbing than anything in a Hitchcock thriller.

Full Review… | November 17, 2013
Mark Leeper's Reviews

Vinterberg uses a sharp cinematic knife to cut to the core of the matter: that the human heart can never be entirely civilized and, ultimately, each man is alone with his fate.

Full Review… | October 31, 2013
Yahoo! Movies

Thomas Vinterberg ("The Celebration") creates a modern-day "Crucible," a frighteningly plausible examination of how suspicion can spread through otherwise decent people.

Full Review… | September 30, 2013
Madison Movie

Credibly generates suspense and maintains interest, even if one wonders why the filmmakers felt compelled to pursue this particular subject matter for their tale of a wronged man.

Full Review… | September 20, 2013
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

... a movie of uncommon power about the evil that well-meaning people commit when given license by what they perceive as atrocity.

Full Review… | September 3, 2013
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Audience Reviews for The Hunt


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.

The Gandiman
Tony Gandía

Super Reviewer


A phenomenal, unforgettable little film about a kind, loving man (Mads Mikkelsen) who is wrongly accused of pedophilia by one of his students who is in Kindergarten, and how the community goes after him in a mean, violent fashion. Mikklesen, in the performance of the year and the turn of his career, is lights-out in a role that requires a lot from him, namely just convincing the audience that he can pull this character off after playing psychopaths for so many years. He carries the film, and the subject matter is heartbreaking, realistically portrayed, and ultimately very sad. The way the film ends is surprising and fitting given the title of the movie, and Mikkelsen's confused, shaken glare will not leave you quickly. This is a near-masterpiece and one of the finest movies from 2013.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

In the year 2000 a horrible little British tabloid called The News of the World released a list (with pictures) of convicted paedophiles who had failed to sign on the sex offenders register. It is fair to say many of the accompanying photos were not of the greatest quality and lots of innocent people who looked vaguely like them got attacked in the streets. A Doctor who lived locally to me had a brick thrown through the window of his surgery because it had the word Pediatrician on the entrance. People are ignorant. The not so famous as they should be hip-hop duo Dan le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip (check them out) wrote a song called 'Thou shall always kill' that includes the great line "Thou shalt not think any male over the age of 30 that plays with a child that is not their own is a paedophile. Some people are just nice." I agree wholeheartedly. Although I generally don't play with kids that don't belong to me unless I know them, but you catch my drift. Thomas Vinterberg's The Hunt is a frustratingly real film about peoples ignorance, knee-jerk reactions and dangerous gossip. It's frightening to think that this kind of thing happens all the time. It is played out perfectly, well handled and tasteful. Thomas Vinterberg doesn't make many films but when he does they pull no punches. Maybe now Mads Mikkelsen will also get the credit that is well over due. One of the best films of 2013 in my opinion.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

The Hunt Quotes

Theo: The world is full of nastiness, but if we stand by each other it would be ousted.
– Submitted by Mohamed K (9 months ago)

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