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The Hunted Reviews

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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 19, 2004
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
April 22, 2003
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April 22, 2003
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 20, 2003
Ludicrous, plotless, ho-hum tale of lurid confrontation.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 18, 2003
There's too much talent on-screen and behind the camera for The Hunted to be dull, but it is predictable and disappointing, and we seem to be missing about a half-hour's worth of scenes that would have brought some depths to these characters.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
March 18, 2003
Essentially a reheating of 1982's First Blood ... but the fallout this time is simultaneously more ruthless, less emotional, and duller.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 17, 2003
By stripping an action thriller this close to the bone, director William Friedkin has removed too much meat.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 16, 2003
This is schlock -- by-the-numbers action that ignores character development to the point where we find it hard to care whether L.T. catches Hallam or whether they end up running after each other until the world ends.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
March 14, 2003
Has so little going for it, you wonder if you've missed something.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
March 14, 2003
A good ride, briskly paced, well played and vividly photographed.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 14, 2003
An unpleasant action suspenser more dedicated to hurtling relentlessly forward than to vesting audience interest.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
March 14, 2003
Friedkin is in his element.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 14, 2003
The Hunted serves mostly as a reminder that three Academy Award winners are as capable of making a silly movie as anyone.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 14, 2003
Technically, it's well made, but it wasn't worth making.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 14, 2003
The Hunted isn't exactly fraught with psychological depth and nuance, but as a stalker-stalkee suspenser, the pic has some nice things going for it.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
March 14, 2003
The generic title is your first clue that The Hunted is run-of-the-mill.
| Original Score: 2/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
March 14, 2003
Things take off immediately and stay in motion for 90 solid, economical minutes.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
March 14, 2003
Although it is a rough ride, The Hunted is also an exciting one. But no tracking skills were needed to follow its well-traveled cinematic road.
| Original Score: C+
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 14, 2003
The Hunted isn't grand cinema, but it's a good jog around the action flick track. Sort of like The Fugitive, except ...
| Original Score: B
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Vic Vogler
Denver Post
March 14, 2003
An intense, if terse, character study that does not let us settle into comfortable delineations of good and evil.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 14, 2003
The sight of Jones expending his sizable acting chops on this piece of macho blowhard fluff is distressing only if you can't relax and appreciate The Hunted on a camp level, where it functions quite hilariously.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 14, 2003
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 14, 2003
You got your hunted, you got your hunter, and away they go. And go and go.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
March 14, 2003
The Hunted has little to recommend it but some well-staged hand-to-hand combat, scenes in which, thankfully, no one double-back-flips into trees with the help of wires and digital doodling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
March 14, 2003
At a little more than 90 minutes, The Hunted has the feel of something that has been severely chopped.
| Original Score: C-
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Arizona Republic
March 14, 2003
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 14, 2003
In the running for is the year's dullest thriller.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
March 14, 2003
Tommy Lee Jones and Benicio Del Toro batter each other to a bloody pulp in this utterly brain-dead and depressing 'thriller.'
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 14, 2003
What makes the movie fresh is that it doesn't stand back and regard its pursuit as an exercise, but stays very close to the characters and focuses on the actual physical reality of their experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
March 13, 2003
Here we go again with Tommy Lee Jones chasing a fugitive, right out of ... what was that movie called?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
March 13, 2003
A remarkably stupid and unpleasant chase picture.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
March 13, 2003
This isn't a movie: it's a police report and the strictly-the-facts terseness of the story makes this more than clear.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
March 13, 2003
The film has great forward thrust -- Friedkin's a full-throttle guy -- and the director knows where to put the camera.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
March 13, 2003
As a whole, The Hunted will not stick with you. But individual moments will be hard to forget.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
March 13, 2003
The Hunted is so openly, defiantly derivative of 1982's First Blood, you figure there has to be a copyright lawsuit brewing right this very minute.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Henry Sheehan
L.A. Weekly
March 13, 2003
Not much more than a glossy, caffeine-jacked re-do of Rambo.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 13, 2003
The Hunted stalks the masculine psyche with sharp knives, but it tracks its audience too noisily to bag us.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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March 13, 2003
The new psychological thriller The Hunted, proves once again that even performances by two Academy Award-winning actors -- in this case Tommy Lee Jones and Benicio Del Toro -- can't save a misconceived, misguided project and a one-note premise.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
March 13, 2003
An enjoyable movie that keeps hinting at something deeper that it doesn't deliver.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 13, 2003
There's more suspense over which star got top billing than over who's going to pummel whom into submission.
| Original Score: D-
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 12, 2003
Just a Rambo rehash.
| Original Score: 2/4