The Hunter Reviews

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 17, 2012
A movie with more plot than it can comfortably handle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 3, 2012
It's all intended to be darkly metaphorical. In actuality, it's a mediocre film unfolding without plan, purpose or enthusiasm.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 27, 2012
With a rucksack of gadgets, Dafoe makes a believably cunning tracker, and when he finally confronts his prey, the mutual respect feeds a poignant parable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
April 19, 2012
Not much happens in "The Hunter." And what little does happen, happens very slowly. And then is repeated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 13, 2012
The character arc is strong on paper but not well-realized on film, and therein lies The Hunter's greatest failing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail
April 13, 2012
By the time The Hunter jettisons its narrative ballast altogether and embraces its elemental appeal, it's too late.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
April 12, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
April 12, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 6, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 6, 2012
Dafoe proves to have the right blend of ruggedness and sensitivity for this conflicted hero.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 6, 2012
"The Hunter" is engrossing and thoughtful entertainment. It's a mystery with a message.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 5, 2012
"The Hunter" loses its way.
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Sam Adams
AV Club
April 5, 2012
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 | Original Score: B
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
April 3, 2012
"The Hunter" doesn't particularly test him, but Dafoe, who's in every scene of the film, easily dominates it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
April 3, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Ryan Lattanzio
San Francisco Chronicle
March 29, 2012
A thriller brooding with disquiet and dread.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
January 3, 2012
The Hunter is too many films in one...
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 3, 2012
"The Hunter" never declares who is good or bad or right or wrong. And the implications of Martin's decision when the moment of truth finally arrives are left for the viewer to unravel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5