Hunt for the Wilderpeople Reviews

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December 29, 2016
Gentle and appealing performances can't rescue this facile and cloying comedy.
December 29, 2016
[Its] sheer good-naturedness pulls off a not particularly inspired crusty-old-coot-thawed-by-young-scamp concept, maintaining an agreeable tonal balance despite occasional wobbles between spoof, sentimentality and silliness.
December 29, 2016
One of the most sincere and funny portraits of family life to come along in a while.
September 16, 2016
Hunt for the Wilderpeople has been a huge audience favourite at festivals this year and you can see why, with its brand of dark New Zealand humour, coupled with a boy's own adventure story that goes not merely off the rails, but off-road and off-grid.
September 16, 2016
Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a fun, funny family yarn.
September 13, 2016
This might be the best kids' movie since Up.
July 15, 2016
"Hunt for the Wilderpeople" is a hoot with heart.
July 14, 2016
Director Taika Waititi proves expert in his management of tone, such that the farcical elements, however numerous, don't detract from the very real friendship the renegades develop as they elude the world's most dedicated social services officer.
July 8, 2016
Hunt for the Wilderpeople is all about life-changing moments and the people who are the catalysts. It's about learning from those around you, regardless of age or circumstance.
July 7, 2016
A lopsided gem full of off-kilter humor, hard truths and real emotion. Great for preteens and up.
July 7, 2016
Waititi looks for humor in quirks of character and degrees of stubbornness, and the natural challenges of Crump's wilderness journey generate a succession of belly laughs onscreen as the gruff old man scraps with the loudmouthed kid.
July 7, 2016
Laugh-out-loud funny one minute, achingly sad the next, "Hunt for the Wilderpeople" takes the audience on a rollicking yet poignant journey through the New Zealand backcountry in the company of a pair of engagingly eccentric characters.
July 7, 2016
Dennison is a marvel, completely unself-conscious in his portrayal of a kid who is lost but thinks if he acts tough, it'll look like he's found. Neill, playing a different sort of character for him (quiet, unfriendly), is also outstanding.
July 7, 2016
"Hunt for the Wilderpeople" has much to recommend it, but none of it would work unless Hec and Ricky are believable and have chemistry. Fortunately, they do.
July 6, 2016
The cranky charisma of the performers, plus the cheerfully idiosyncratic rhythms of Waititi's filmmaking, keep it clicking.
July 1, 2016
Hunt for the Wilderpeople magically taps into the logic, thought processes, and emotions of a child. It's a rich, strange, and wondrous world.
June 30, 2016
A New Zealand import with a knack for finding humor in dreary, even ill-advised themes.
June 30, 2016
Waititi is an expansive, warm-hearted humanist. The fun he pokes is strictly superficial, never grazing his characters' vital organs or essential dignity.
June 26, 2016
An oddball and oddly affecting take on two misfits finding their metaphorical partner-in-crime match.
June 24, 2016
New Zealand writer-director Taika Waititi blends sharply cynical humour with huge heart in arguably his best film to date, Hunt for the Wilderpeople.
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