Hunger Reviews

February 10, 2019
It pretends to have an objective point of view, but only grants one group of characters the dignity of individuality.
August 2, 2015
McQueen thus succeeds in manufacturing a palpable intensity (some of it very difficult to watch), but retreats into individual subjectivity when it might do better to open out into the larger political arena.
August 25, 2009
Spurious transcendence and underlined symbolism
May 15, 2009
It's as stubbornly inscrutable as its subjects.
March 23, 2009
In the end, even though I recognized the need to be reminded of Guantánamo and of crimes carried out there, I was awed but not moved by Hunger.
March 21, 2009
"Hunger" comes off as a piece of stunt filmmaking that places physical reality above historic relevance. The film is as opaque as its title.
March 18, 2009
As prison-movie machismo, Walter Hill's Undisputed is better; as visual art, Jan Troell's Everlasting Moments is superior.
December 16, 2008
More concerned with Bobby Sands's bed sores than his politics. A movie apparently inspired by Mel Gibson's "Passion". The Irish revolutionaries, whatever their flaws, deserved something more like "The Wind that Shakes the Barley".
December 11, 2008
The farther I got from the queasy beauty of McQueen's movie, the more I hated it.
December 5, 2008
[The] unflinching camera, deliberate pacing and maddeningly long takes (including a 10-minute, single-shot conversation that, while hypnotic, belongs on stage) just amplify the story's innate harshness and test audience endurance levels.
October 31, 2008
The message, I guess, is that incarceration dehumanises both prisoner and guards alike. Here it also serves to exasperate audiences.
October 31, 2008
More pro-terrorist propaganda.
October 18, 2008
Trite, grim and feebly provocative.