The Hunter (2012)



Critic Consensus: The Hunter occasionally suffers from predictability, but Willem Dafoe gives a terrific performance as an obsessive hunter on the trail of a mysterious beast.

Movie Info

The Hunter is the story of Martin, a skilled and ruthless mercenary sent into the Tasmanian wilderness on a hunt for a tiger believed to be extinct. Hired by an anonymous company that wants the tiger's genetic material, Martin arrives in Tasmania posing as a scientist. He proceeds to set up base camp at a broken-down farmhouse, where he stays with a family whose father has gone missing. Usually a loner, Martin becomes increasingly close to the family; however, as his attachment to the family … More

Rating: R (for language and brief violence)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Julia Leigh, Wain Fimeri, Alice Addison
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 3, 2012
Box Office: $0.2M
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Critic Reviews for The Hunter

All Critics (85) | Top Critics (19)

Its mostly observant temper keeps us from being greatly moved, but it holds us with its acute, almost laboratory dissection of its people's beings.

Full Review… | June 19, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

The Hunter is a film of surprising scope and intimacy.

Full Review… | August 11, 2014
Film School Rejects

It is an atmospheric and richly rewarding film that glides along at a pace akin to that of the small country local within which it's set.

Full Review… | October 17, 2013
Onya Magazine

Slow-moving but graceful, this character study is engaging and insightful.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
Big Hollywood

The Hunter delivers a quiet and somewhat meandering story that wallows in self-importance and social agenda.

Full Review… | January 16, 2013
We Got This Covered

Well-crafted and finely acted adventure story that held my interest throughout.

Full Review… | December 1, 2012
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Audience Reviews for The Hunter

A slow, albeit fascinating and beautifully filmed movie for almost 90 minutes. Unfortunately, the solution in the last 15 minutes is so devastatingly saddening (without making much sense), that it's hard to say you enjoyed what you've been watching or feel like revisiting again. Which is sad because the story, chemistry between the characters and the landscape as an alien surrounding works great for the longest time. Especially Dafoe is outstanding as always. Man, if only this ended differently. It pains me to think about it.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer


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Directors Cat

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An intriguing, though somewhat underdeveloped story of a mercenary hunter (Willem Dafoe) tasked with the mission of finding and killing the last remaining Tasmanian devil in the wilderness of Australia. He also becomes involved with the family he is staying with, whose father has gone missing. There are a lot of interesting elements here, and the ending in particular is powerful and moving, but ultimately this movie is a frustrating concoction of family drama mixed with man vs. nature. The scenes with Dafoe out in the wilderness are fantastic, while his moments with the family seem like a slight distraction from the main meat of the story. Dafoe, as always, is phenomenal and does a lot with his very thinly detailed character, and the cinematography is absolutely breathtaking. In the end though, it just feels slightly underdone, which is a shame because there is a lot of great material here.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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