The Hunt Reviews

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Anna Tatarska
Movie Mezzanine
March 13, 2014
The Hunt is an extremely effective, skilfully put together psychological thriller, whose only tools are human character traits.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
February 12, 2014
Engrossing, profoundly disturbing psychological drama - with a devastating conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 31, 2014
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.
Staci Layne Wilson
SheKnows Network
January 3, 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
Isaac Feldberg
We Got This Covered
December 28, 2013
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 | Original Score: 9/10
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 27, 2013
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.
Anthony Quinn
Independent
December 16, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 16, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
December 9, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 5, 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 | Original Score: B-
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 19, 2013
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 | Original Score: B
Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews
November 17, 2013
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 | Original Score: 9/10
Thelma Adams
Yahoo! Movies
October 31, 2013
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.
Rob Thomas
Madison Movie
September 30, 2013
Thomas Vinterberg ("The Celebration") creates a modern-day "Crucible," a frighteningly plausible examination of how suspicion can spread through otherwise decent people.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
September 20, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
September 3, 2013
... a movie of uncommon power about the evil that well-meaning people commit when given license by what they perceive as atrocity.
Full Review | Original Score: 90/100
Top Critic
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
August 29, 2013
Thomas Vinterberg's The Hunt conveys the sinister swirl of persecution more vividly than any film I can remember.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
August 29, 2013
A strong, moving portrait of a man shunned by the only society he knows for reasons he can't understand, marked by a stunning lead performance from [Mads] Mikkelsen.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Anders Wright
San Diego Union-Tribune
August 23, 2013
It is a movie about the rush to judgment and the tyranny of the majority. What happens to Lucas is utterly unfair, but it also makes for a cautionary tale as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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