Hunger Reviews

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April 17, 2009
Midway through the movie there's an epic 24-minute scene...in the claustrophobic cell block the protesters have already internalized their cause so deeply that the world of words seems distant and inconsequential.
April 17, 2009
It's a strength of this carefully composed, almost obsessively controlled picture that it has no interest in the conventional biographical focus on a subject.
April 16, 2009
Hunger is daunting and powerful work.
April 16, 2009
Hunger is not about the rights and wrongs of the British in Northern Ireland, but about inhumane prison conditions, the steeled determination of IRA members like Bobby Sands, and a rock and a hard place.
April 10, 2009
Hunger -- the disturbing, provocative, brilliant feature debut from British director Steve McQueen -- does for modern film what Caravaggio did to Renaissance painting.
April 10, 2009
Relying on images more than words, it's a plea for humanity in times of insanity.
April 9, 2009
Hunger is an upsetting, vivid film about going to the ultimate extreme in defense of one's beliefs.
April 3, 2009
It's horrific. But Hunger displays uncommon intelligence and visual panache, transcending the goal of making the situation seem real. It feels more than real. It's art.
April 2, 2009
McQueen has taken the raw materials of filmmaking and committed an act of great art.
March 30, 2009
In the end, it is not Bobby Sands but Michael Fassbender we are looking at, and this realization takes us out of the movie just as surely as (for me) De Niro's fattening up did in Raging Bull.
March 26, 2009
A visually ravishing tour of hell and a meditation on freedom that at best is wordlessly profound and at worst interestingly obscure.
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 23, 2009
It's rigorous, evocative, and, in spite of its grisly imagery, elegant. It's a triumph -- of masochistic literal-mindedness.
March 20, 2009
A mesmerizing 96 minutes of cinema, one of the truly extraordinary filmmaking debuts of recent years.
March 20, 2009
Regardless of politics, one must grant McQueen's substantial gifts, which bring to mind Paul Greengrass in another Northern Ireland film, Bloody Sunday.
March 20, 2009
With calm, deliberate attention -- an approach at once compassionate and dispassionate -- Hunger explores physical extremity and political extremism.
March 19, 2009
Shockingly immediate and philosophically reflective, Hunger is an indelibly moving tribute to what makes us human.
March 19, 2009
Young British writer-director Steve McQueen's directorial debut is an emotionally devastating drama that isn't for the squeamish.
March 18, 2009
For your art-house pleasure and discomfort, here's one of the most talked-about film-festival triumphs of 2008, a disturbingly avid re-creation of the last six weeks in the life and slow, self-imposed wasting of Irish hunger striker Bobby Sands.
March 18, 2009
A harrowing yet lyrical account of the fatal hunger strike of Irish Republican Army prisoner Bobby Sands in the Maze Prison, Northern Ireland, in 1981.
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