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      Hunt for the Wilderpeople Reviews

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      This fun little odyssey pulls from so many directions but always maintains its balance. It’s genuinely tender and sweet but never overly sentimental.

      Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5 | Aug 21, 2022

      Achieves a pitch-perfect balance of silly humor and compassionate characters, proving both oddly funny and profoundly moving despite some very clichéd archetypes propelling the story.

      Full Review | Original Score: 4/4 | Apr 11, 2022

      The truly rare family film that's safe for kids, funny and acerbic enough for adults, and surprising enough to keep everyone absorbed.

      Full Review | Oct 22, 2021

      Hunt for the Wilderpeople is excellent when it focuses solely on the relationship between - and the misadventures of - its two central figures. It's less captivating when the attention turns to several doltish supporting characters.

      Full Review | Original Score: 3/4 | Aug 18, 2021

      It's like Rushmore in the bush - yes, it's Bushmore

      Full Review | Jul 6, 2021

      A little bit Rambo, a little bit The Goonies, and as good a time as you can ever hope to have in the cinema.

      Full Review | Original Score: 5/5 | Apr 22, 2021

      Bombastic chases, dark humour, and poignantly truthful moments make Hunt For The Wilderpeople more meaningful than many other big name action or comedies out there. Definitely a film that everyone should see.

      Full Review | Original Score: 4/5 | Feb 21, 2021

      Waititi sneaks some bigger ideas in there behind the chase scenes and the shootouts and the crazy characters...

      Full Review | Jan 6, 2021

      What sticks with the sweetness, the soft edges Neill gives to his bush-savvy curmudgeon, the kid's street "smarts" that're really just naivete.

      Full Review | Original Score: 3/4 | Dec 23, 2020

      It's mostly effective and funny, though not every moment works entirely.

      Full Review | Original Score: 7/10 | Dec 5, 2020

      It's a unique adventure film that isn't a waste of your time or money.

      Full Review | Nov 10, 2020

      The two leads have a fantastic chemistry, both comedic and emotional, and Wilderpeople deftly mixes action, comedy, and drama.

      Full Review | Original Score: A- | Jul 3, 2020

      Waititi proves it by maintaining a cartoonish tone that very well balances drama, comedy, and a sentimentality well worth getting excited for. [Full review in Spanish]

      Full Review | Original Score: 8/10 | Jun 27, 2020

      ...deliciously deadpan...

      Full Review | Jun 25, 2020

      Funny, exciting, and deeply moving, Hunt for the Wilderpeople is unlike anything you've ever seen, even though you've seen plenty of things like it.

      Full Review | Apr 1, 2020

      The always funny Rhys Darby makes a third act appearance as Hunt for the Wilderpeople treks deeper into the unrestrained realm of adventure comedy with absurd glee.

      Full Review | Mar 13, 2020

      There is a beating heart amidst the crackling one-liners, which once again elevates Waititi's storytelling from the merely entertaining to the instant classic.

      Full Review | Original Score: 5/5 | Sep 7, 2019

      It has everything you want in a film - memorable characters, an interesting story, and, most importantly, heart.

      Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5 | Aug 6, 2019

      The director assures to reinforce the universality of what he wants to tell over stereotypes. [Full Review in Spanish]

      Full Review | Aug 5, 2019

      A droll walk in the woods.

      Full Review | Aug 3, 2019

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