The Hunter Reviews

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Jack Giroux
Film School Rejects
August 11, 2014

The Hunter is a film of surprising scope and intimacy.

Glenn Dunks
Onya Magazine
October 17, 2013

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 | Original Score: B+
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
Top Critic
June 19, 2013

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.

Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered
January 16, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Stephen Carty
Flix Capacitor
December 10, 2012

Part character piece, part family drama and part survivalist thriller, it's most successful when Dafoe is patiently stalking through the woodland, as his craggy presence and the moody cinematography are enough to hold our interest.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 1, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 27, 2012

This powerful drama is strongly anchored by Willem Dafoe's nuanced performance as a hard loner who is softened by a vulnerable family who finds a place in his heart.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Erick Weber
NECN
October 22, 2012

By the time Dafoe tracks down the elusive CGI'd thylacine, my eyelids had washed over with a glaze of numbness. The big winner here, Tasmania's tourist board.

Full Review | Original Score: D+
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
September 16, 2012

"The Hunter" is mostly well-done, but where I would normally say "it never comes together," I actually have to say it comes together too late.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Sawin
Examiner.com
July 20, 2012

"The Hunter" is the most intriguing thriller to come along in the first half of 2012. Willem Dafoe continues to showcase why he's one of the best actors today and the cinematography for the film is absolutely breathtaking.

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers
July 19, 2012

I've always thought of Dafoe as an overexposed but talented actor. In this kind of role, he excels. The story by author/filmmaker Julia Leigh is sound. And, the scenery and locations add so much to the experience. Take the trip.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
July 19, 2012

The Hunter is a very topical drama with ethics and human consciousness at its heart.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
July 13, 2012

The Hunter isn't a straightforward film, but it is a thought-provoking one.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
July 11, 2012

There's little to gird the loins or ply the grey matter.

Jason Solomons
Observer [UK]
July 8, 2012

It is dank and clammy, with ice in its heart, but it is also beautiful and painful, its emotional climaxes hitting home like precision bullets.

Lisa Giles-Keddie
Real.com
July 7, 2012

A slow-burner about survival in general that may seem predictable in parts and meander in others, but the intensity with which the psychological developments suddenly manifest is its ultimate power.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
July 6, 2012

A thoughtful, sinewy thriller that takes its time, but girds on a stellar, stoic performance from Willem Dafoe.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Alex Zane
Sun Online
July 6, 2012

Entirely convincing as a loner on a mission, Dafoe makes this slow but beautifully shot film compelling throughout.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Steve Rose
Guardian
July 5, 2012

Dafoe is eminently watchable, and for the most part it's a distinctive, atmospheric movie that cherishes the persistence of mystery.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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