March 24, 2021
Fassbender's portrayal of man of conviction is quite astonishing. Whether you agree with IRA's tactics to achieve their political aim, one can't take away Sands' conviction in his beliefs. And that's beautiful.
February 7, 2021
[P]owerfully cinematic, it veers from nearly wordless stretches of intense imagery so vivid they're surrealistic nightmares come to life to one 20-minute, unbroken dialogue between two men on opposite sides of the same side...
November 14, 2020
McQueen is clearly a major talent and he has produced a work that is emotionally harrowing and artistically audacious.
July 25, 2020
McQueen seems too enamored of his shorthand art-house symbolism for [the film] to truly resonate.
October 9, 2019
Hunger is an unforgettable experience that is the perfect balance of the horrific and the beautiful.
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.
September 18, 2017
There is very little context, because on the inside, prison has no context. There is just horror. And maybe, sometimes, in the least expected places, beauty.
December 12, 2015
There is no attempt to set Sands up as a great martyr, no Jesus pose or sentimental music to manipulate emotions. Hunger is interested in none of this. Instead, [McQueen] lets the bodies that sacrificed themselves tell the story they created.
November 2, 2015
The stylistic palette of McQueen's picture, and its grasp of cinematic vocabulary, elevate the film to a purely visceral realm, so that it seems to bypass your eyes and ears and go straight for your nerve endings.
October 7, 2015
Mr. Sands's story loosely serves as a framework that joins together a series of filmic gallery installations that graphically explore the fragility of the human body.
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.
June 1, 2015
In such extreme circumstances, the human body may be the last desperate frontier of protest. Hunger makes this all too clear.
January 21, 2013
In the desolate surrounds of a prison environment that affronts humanity McQueen finds the redemptive struggles, and unrelenting spirit in the feces smeared walls of a British prison.
November 15, 2011
...simultaneously harsh and gentle; an early shot of a tiny snowflake melting on bloodied knuckles could serve as the movie's logo.
July 14, 2011
Hunger will leave you feeling emotionally battered and bruised -- yet emerging from the cinema a stronger person for having witnessed such a beautiful and brutal film.
April 5, 2011
Not just the toughest film of the year but amongst the toughest ever made.