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The Hunting Party Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
March 22, 2011
It's not a bad story as far as it goes, and says a lot about the strange culture war journalism ... [but] no story, no matter how interesting, can't do without a little bit of the Hollywood treatment, and "The Hunting Party" suffers that in spades.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
July 6, 2010
Features some truly outrageous events.... But filmmaker Shepard struggles to avoid action and comedy cliches
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Heather Huntington
August 26, 2008
Tense, funny, disturbing and touching from moment one.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
March 3, 2008
The most intriguing parts of this film are contained in the voice-over montage in the beginning and a surprise ending, leaving a lot of filler in the middle.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
February 22, 2008
Ludicrous, bewildering, and largely true (at least the "most ridiculous parts" according to the film's preface), it plays like an adventure story written by Kafka
Full Review | Original Score: A
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
January 22, 2008
Gere has so much fun in his role it's almost unfair that he was paid for his efforts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 15, 2007
...the cinematic equivalent of a loud and goofy garage band that hasn't quite mastered the art of staying in tune but sometimes hits you right in the happy zone.
Full Review | Original Score: 86/100
Michael Dequina
October 14, 2007
Whenever the film threatens to get bogged down in self-seriousness, Shepard quickly retreats to satiric cynicism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
September 25, 2007
Gere is almost unmatched at portraying wacky characters like Hunt. He is so charismatic that you believe he can charm, manipulate and/or con just about anyone.
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Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
September 22, 2007
It's a funny, horrible story (with black humor of the sort many war correspondents write about), shot mostly in Croatia and nicely paced.
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
September 21, 2007
Writer-director Richard Shepard's humor is tempered by a deadly serious undercurrent.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
September 21, 2007
Hopefully, The Hunting Party will find the success it needs to keep Shepard making off-center movies because Hollywood doesn't always reward hard-to-categorize films like this one.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 21, 2007
...The Hunting Party still is a movie worth chasing down.
| Original Score: 3/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
September 21, 2007
The performances are solid , the settings authentic and the film's vein of bleak humor refreshing.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
September 21, 2007 does make room for the latest, loose-screw character part in the reinvention of Gere's career.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mary F. Pols
Contra Costa Times
September 21, 2007
It's easy to get lost in the movie's zingy blend of the serious and the ironic.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Nell Minow
Chicago Sun-Times
September 21, 2007
As they say, the difference between movies and real life is that real life does not have to make sense. And that is what it takes to make crazy times real to us in a way that the truth cannot convey.
Full Review| Original Score: B+
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 21, 2007
...The Hunting Party derives much of its tension from watching seemingly 'normal' people doing seriously insane stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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