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The Hunting Party Reviews

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
December 17, 2007
The action plot is lousy with cliched suspense scenes of back-road executions halted at the last possible instant.
September 22, 2007
By the time the end credits roll, you're still not sure what kind of movie The Hunting Party is supposed to be, other than just queasy.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 21, 2007
...The Hunting Party still is a movie worth chasing down.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 21, 2007
The Hunting Party is a complete bust, but the ways in which it fails are interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 21, 2007
...it does make room for the latest, loose-screw character part in the reinvention of Gere's career.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 21, 2007
The Hunting Party has good aim, but just misses.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 21, 2007
When something seems too bizarre to be true, that's generally how it plays onscreen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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 ReviewRead More | Original Score: B+
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
September 20, 2007
On paper, there's no way that The Hunting Party should work. But onscreen, it defies the odds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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.
September 14, 2007
Politics aside, The Hunting Party is a breezy, occasionally bumpy ride that ultimately becomes a satisfying journey.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 14, 2007
[Director] Shepard strikes just the right absurd, satirical tone until near the end, when he allows the film to wrap up a bit too conveniently.
September 14, 2007
A sour, disenchanted war comedy that affects a breezy style, The Hunting Party was originally called Spring Break in Bosnia.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
September 7, 2007
The strength of The Hunting Party is its shaggy-dog quality.
Read More | Original Score: B+
September 7, 2007
Although Gere and Howard's characters are invented, they feel the truest of all. They are often more foolhardy than courageous, less brave than simply stubborn. They are not real heroes, in the classic sense. But they are simply real.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
September 7, 2007
The biggest problem with the movie is the tone, which is by turns preachy, silly, mawkish and dark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 7, 2007
The Hunting Party is a misfired, misguided would-be satire set in postwar Bosnia.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
September 6, 2007
Compared to a great war zone movie about reporters such as Under Fire, The Hunting Party is thin stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
September 6, 2007
A smart and tense diversion, albeit in a vaguely irresponsible way.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 5, 2007
I left feeling a bit uncomfortable, but the fact that Shepard gets away with it at all is a testament to his talent.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 4, 2007
Like many of the best movies about war and its lingering echo, The Hunting Party is full of dark humor.
September 4, 2007
Just brilliant.
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.
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.