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The Hunter Reviews

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Atmospheric, but underwhelming, underwritten and emotionally hollow.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 5/10

January 3, 2012
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

The story dulls into a cat-and-mouse pursuit narrative, with Pitts's own inexpressive performance one weakness among many.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 2/5

October 28, 2010
Tim Evans
Sky Movies

Pitts is at pains not to make an overtly political drama but his decision to keep the action spare and bleak means it becomes irritatingly obscure and, well, dull.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 2/5

October 28, 2010

It doesn't offer even a basic driving narrative that might at least have engaged our attention.

Full Review Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 2/5

November 1, 2010
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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If you find it convenient to think of Iran more as a bad dream than as a perceptible place, this is the film for you.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

January 4, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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This is a parable about modern Iran, and like many recent Iranian films it leaves its meaning to the viewer.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 16, 2012
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine

Writer-director Rafi Pitts manages an atmosphere of choked, ambiguous dread that recalls nothing less than Godard's Alphaville.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2012
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Pitts turns images of everyday urban sights - plaza steps, concrete apartment houses - into reflections of Ali's sense of emptiness and entrapment.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

January 5, 2012
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

Pitts is a solemn, silent presence and his director's eye ensures a succession of expertly composed images that each tell a story.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 3/5

November 1, 2010
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

The biggest problem with the film is not its snail's saunter, but rather the minimalist way Pitts approaches the scripting.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 3/5

October 29, 2010
Matt Glasby
Total Film

Conjures moments of alluring bleakness evocative of Melville, including the best fog-based car chase you'll see all year.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

October 27, 2010
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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Sombre and piercing, The Hunter courageously defends the right to voice resistance.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

October 27, 2010
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Moody and rather depressing, it's also haunting and utterly involving right to the bitter end.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 4/5

November 3, 2010
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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The clammy chill that pervades "The Hunter," the fourth feature film by the Iranian director Rafi Pitts, seeps under your skin as you wait for its grim, taciturn protagonist to detonate.

Full Review Source: New York Times

February 7, 2012
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]

A film with a split personality, it initially intrigues before eventually infuriating.

Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

October 29, 2010
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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Filmed during the months leading up to the 2009 presidential election in Iran, The Hunter still seethes with fury -- and anticipates the blood that would spill after the vote.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

February 7, 2012
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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Cinematographer Mohammad Davudi's nighttime shots of jammed Tehran highways help convey the society's dehumanization.

Full Review Source: New York Post

February 7, 2012
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

A suspenseful and daring drama, but it isn't perfectly executed.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

October 27, 2010
David Parkinson
Radio Times

Pitts ably conveys the bleakness of daily life and the accompanying mistrust of authority.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 3/5

October 28, 2010
Jason Wood
Little White Lies

Seemingly destined to go largely under-appreciated, this is a work of precision and complexity.

| Original Score: 4/5

October 28, 2010
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