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The Hunter Reviews

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James Berardinelli
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The character arc is strong on paper but not well-realized on film, and therein lies The Hunter's greatest failing.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 13, 2012
Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail
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By the time The Hunter jettisons its narrative ballast altogether and embraces its elemental appeal, it's too late.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 13, 2012
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
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The film is really Dafoe's show, and he reminds once again why he is such a tremendous actor and also one so easy to underestimate and take for granted.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 12, 2012
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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Nettheim films long stretches without dialogue and lets the landscape take centre stage, relying on Robert Humphreys' superb camerawork to tell the story.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

April 12, 2012
Chris Barsanti

In this unfocused and highly antidramatic film, Dafoe is measured for a role that requires him to be empathic and exceedingly normal; it doesn't fit.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

April 7, 2012
Todd Jorgenson

A taut if uneven Australian drama that works both as an intimate character study and as a primal man-against-nature thriller.

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April 6, 2012
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

If that synopsis sounds a tad predictable, the outcome of the film is anything but, and The Hunter, with its spectacular cinematography by Robert Humphreys, parallels Dafoe's character and that of his prey, both human and otherwise.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3/5

April 6, 2012
Robert Levin

Willem Dafoe is the perfect actor to carry a film like The Hunter, which is guided by the internal journey experienced by his unusual character.

Full Review Source: amNewYork | Original Score: 3/4

April 6, 2012
Kurt Loder
Reason Online

What better actor to do brooding than Willem Dafoe, whose chiseled features are by now an emblem of stony concern.

Full Review Source: Reason Online

April 6, 2012
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Mostly this is just too mild, too quiet, too distant. It tracks its target. But it never quite manages to get it in its sites.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 6, 2012
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Dafoe proves to have the right blend of ruggedness and sensitivity for this conflicted hero.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

April 6, 2012
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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"The Hunter" is engrossing and thoughtful entertainment. It's a mystery with a message.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 6, 2012
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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"The Hunter" loses its way.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News

April 5, 2012
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A mesmerizing drama about a lonely and malevolent man's possible spiritual transformation.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 4.5/5

April 5, 2012
Jordan Hoffman

'The Hunter' is a melancholy yarn, no doubt about it, but one of hope for creatures who are left alone in the world.

Full Review Source: ScreenCrush | Original Score: 7/10

April 5, 2012
Michelle Orange

Scene by scene The Hunter, adapted from a novel by Julia Leigh, holds your attention like a pair of big, inquisitive eyes, or perhaps the point-blank scope of an automatic rifle.

Full Review Source: Movieline | Original Score: 7/10

April 5, 2012
Sam Adams
AV Club

Dafoe invests every action with a sense of purpose (not, thankfully, the same thing as meaning), to the extent that viewers would likely turn up to watch him peel potatoes, Jeanne Dielman-style.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

April 5, 2012
James Croot

Dafoe is at his inscrutable best, giving his gun-for-hire a sense of character via obsessions with opera and baths.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

April 4, 2012
Jake Coyle
Associated Press
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"The Hunter" doesn't particularly test him, but Dafoe, who's in every scene of the film, easily dominates it.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 3, 2012
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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Alas, just when you'd like the movie to double down, la Peter Weir's Witness, on its cryptic hero's rebirth, he's yanked back into an abrupt close that feels rushed and poorly linked.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

April 3, 2012
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