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Hatari! Reviews

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Richard Brody
New Yorker
March 14, 2016
Politics take a back seat to sex, served up in a dazzling wealth of innuendo.
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
July 7, 2010
Richly entertaining, with vivid characters.

TV Guide
May 13, 2008
The story is nothing more than a poor excuse for what Hawks really seems to be interested in presenting--big-game chases over the Kenyan veldt. These sequences are so well done that they save this otherwise-tepid film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Chicago Reader
May 13, 2008
A broader canvas for the interaction of comedy and drama than its immediate predecessor (Rio Bravo), this is both discursive and leisurely.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
May 13, 2008
This late masterpiece (1962) by Howard Hawks transcends every literary value in the book to become a brilliantly entertaining and insightful work of pure cinema.
Steve Crum
March 22, 2008
Colorful John Wayne Africa-based yarn w/slapstick, adventure, animals, and great Mancini score.
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
February 6, 2007
Hawks continues to explore his favorite themes--professional conduct and male camaraderie--in this African travelogue abouyt an international team of animals catchers, headed by John Wayne. Though plotless, the film is visually compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
All in all, one of those rare films that genuinely constitutes a 'late masterpiece'.
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
July 7, 2005
Exciting remake of Red Dust with exceptional African photography
| Original Score: 4/5
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A.H. Weiler
New York Times
May 9, 2005
Perhaps the accent on the trapping of free-roaming critters for use in zoos is a mite too heavy, but this aspect of African business rates the attention it receives here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
November 23, 2004
Cute elephants.
| Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
January 23, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Rebecca Murray
September 2, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 12, 2002
Too long, but highly entertaining personality film
| Original Score: 4/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 12, 2002
Corny but vastly entertaining with terrific wildlife photography and a great score by Henry Mancini
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 1, 2000
It sets a pace, keeps it up for the whole time, and gives us a sense of danger and excitement, plus a taste of life that special effects can't give us.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Henry Stewart
Brooklyn Magazine
April 13, 2016
All dumb romance, immature jokes, (unconscious?) racism and a child's sense of adventure.
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May 13, 2008
The strapping physique of the film unhappily emphasizes the anemic condition of the story streaming within.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 9, 2005
Overlong [!]
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Staci Layne Wilson
January 1, 2005
The Duke dukes it out with African animals.
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