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.
July 7, 2019
McQueen allows us to walk away shattered, beaten, and horrified, with our own conclusions.
February 10, 2019
It pretends to have an objective point of view, but only grants one group of characters the dignity of individuality.
October 17, 2018
It's hard to say what's more visceral: Fassbender's embodiment of a whittling body that refuses to give out, or McQueen's extended shots of prison brutality and the mess of cleaning it up.
January 2, 2018
Director Steve McQueen finds beauty in the squalor. And to his credit, he doesn't sermonize or take sides.
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