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The Hunting Party Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 13, 2007
The Hunting Party is a not dark enough, not comic enough dark comedy about the aftermath of the Serbo-Bosnian War.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
July 25, 2007
He's telling the story of a post-war Bosnia so ignored by the international community, war criminals are free to list their names in the phone book. You can't make stuff like that up. But Shepard makes us think he did.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 20, 2007
If the director traffics in the realm of black comedy, any attempts to win us over or encourage sympathy or empathy with the rollicking hell-raisers on screen tend to give off a bad odor.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marlow Stern
Manhattan Movie Magazine
December 18, 2007
a very poor man's Three Kings, minus the deft mixture of witty satire/raw emotion and solid chemistry amongst the three leads.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Fernando F. Croce
August 27, 2009
Adorns its bankrupt inanity in the robes of Importance
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 31, 2007
Unfortunately, Shepard's approach takes the movie into Jason Bourne territory and away from the black comedy he seemingly wants to make, making the film fall between the cracks in terms of boxoffice appeal.
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly
February 2, 2009
There are a lot of movies that don't deliver on their promise. The Hunting Party is one of them. It's a disheartening disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 21, 2007
It has the feel of a bold idea that has been watered down.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
September 7, 2007
The Hunting Party is a misfired, misguided would-be satire set in postwar Bosnia.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
Brian Orndorf
September 13, 2007
A political statement cloaked in the animal skin of satire, Party is more easily digested as a highly effective acting exercise than a brutal karate-chop to geopolitical-soft minds.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Prairie Miller
January 12, 2008
The movie is more concerned with mounting big screen infotainment and sidebar issues like the lure of 'that adrenalin rush and nonstop erection of fear and war,' than making sense of the confounding stage of world history.
Cole Smithey
September 13, 2007
"The Hunting Party" is a would-be political satire that paints itself into a corner before leaving a trail of unsightly footprints.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Geoff Berkshire
November 8, 2007
Although the film initially plays like breezy fun, it begins to crumble under the weight of lofty ambitions and a scattershot tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Eric Kohn
New York Press
September 13, 2007
The Hunting Party, a misguided espionage spoof directed by Richard Shepard, needlessly insists on the veracity of its plot- -- and that tactic leads to its undoing.
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Robert Koehler
August 31, 2007
Alternately glib, superficial and amusing, pic vainly attempts to absorb some degree of Serbian irony into a story that's unavoidably lessened by its privileged American vantage point.
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Jan Stuart
September 6, 2007
A smart and tense diversion, albeit in a vaguely irresponsible way.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
September 7, 2007
The opening credit disclaimer for writer-director Richard Shepard's The Hunting Party -- 'Only the most ridiculous parts of this story are true' -- didn't help me much. Everything about this political thriller is ridiculous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 7, 2007
The film comes off more like a drunken recollection by a war correspondent than something that might actually have happened.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
September 20, 2007
A forgettable contribution to all those movies about tormented, gonzo newsmen, stranded in some hellish outpost (in this case, Bosnia), who drink to drown those terrible memories but are committed to news, news, news.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 21, 2007
When something seems too bizarre to be true, that's generally how it plays onscreen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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