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The Hunting Party Reviews

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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
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 17, 2007
The action plot is lousy with cliched suspense scenes of back-road executions halted at the last possible instant.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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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
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
September 21, 2007
The Hunting Party has good aim, but just misses.
| Original Score: 2/4
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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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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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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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
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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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
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
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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.
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
September 14, 2007
A sour, disenchanted war comedy that affects a breezy style, The Hunting Party was originally called Spring Break in Bosnia.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
September 7, 2007
The strength of The Hunting Party is its shaggy-dog quality.
| Original Score: B+
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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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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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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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
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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.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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+
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
September 6, 2007
A smart and tense diversion, albeit in a vaguely irresponsible way.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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+
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
September 4, 2007
Like many of the best movies about war and its lingering echo, The Hunting Party is full of dark humor.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 4, 2007
Just brilliant.
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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.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
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.