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The Hunt Reviews

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 16, 2013
You leave The Hunt unsettled in the best sense. Its images and implications are likely to stay in your head a long time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Adams
Globe and Mail
December 16, 2013
The Hunt's inexorability feels derived more from thematic or ideological concerns than any organic necessity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
August 29, 2013
Thomas Vinterberg's The Hunt conveys the sinister swirl of persecution more vividly than any film I can remember.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 16, 2013
Through it all, we see an idyllic-looking community, where glorious fall colors fade into twinkling December snow - a pretty frame for a terrifying story of a modern-day witch hunt.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 15, 2013
It's hard to watch. It should be seen.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
August 1, 2013
Vinterberg orchestrates the material impressively, increasing tension little by little until it becomes overwhelming.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 26, 2013
The Hunt offers a powerful, provocative study of mob mentality and the fabric of trust.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 25, 2013
Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen delivers an astonishingly restrained and expressive central performance in The Hunt, an engrossing psycho-social drama by Thomas Vinterberg.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
July 25, 2013
An intense, hard to watch drama, of a man's life torn apart by his fellow citizens. The performance is skilled enough that it won the top acting award at last year's Cannesfestival.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
July 25, 2013
Mikkelsen's performance is what makes a good movie even better.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
July 18, 2013
Mads Mikkelsen displays remarkable range as a subdued kindergarten teacher confronting sex-abuse charges in a small Danish town.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
July 18, 2013
[A] harrowing but flawed study of an innocent man accused of pedophilia.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
July 18, 2013
It leaves us not only with an unforgettable final image, but also the troubling thought that witch hunts, like war, will always be with us - all the more so in the modern era of instant communication.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
July 12, 2013
Vinterberg's best filmmaking since his Dogme '95 entry "The Celebration."
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
July 12, 2013
It is a devastating film to watch, a heedful one, and a tragic reminder that no matter how well a life has been conducted, the mere whiff of such scandalous behavior is condemnation enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
RogerEbert.com
July 11, 2013
A nuanced portrait of a fundamentally decent man grappling with a world that has decided to treat him indecently.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 11, 2013
[A] quietly devastating drama about a soft-spoken, bespectacled and devoted kindergarten teacher whose life is upended by a false accusation from one of his students.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 11, 2013
This is filmmaking of a high order, even though the production's scale is modest and the climax is not without its facile contrivances.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 11, 2013
Unsettling, forthright and thought-provoking, The Hunt is also brilliantly titled.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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July 11, 2013
This story is about a witch hunt, an accusation of impropriety that takes on a life of its own, shattering bonds of trust in a close-knit community.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
July 11, 2013
"The Hunt" is a merciless examination of the fear and savagery roiling just below the surface of bourgeois life.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 11, 2013
Though a few scenes feel contrived, Vinterberg gets right to the dark heart of human nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
July 10, 2013
Stories of whispered ruination are especially apt in today's virtual playground; The Hunt reminds us that even an innocent face can undo a life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 10, 2013
For his deeply affecting role that haunts the viewer long after the film ends, Mr. Mikkelsen won the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jon Frosch
Village Voice
July 10, 2013
There's nothing worthy of love or hate in this capably made but underwhelming movie.
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Boyd van Hoeij
Variety
May 22, 2012
Known for his often icy and violent characters, Mikkelsen impresses here as a warm-hearted man who finds himself caught up in a situation way beyond his control.
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
May 21, 2012
Thomas Vinterberg's best film since "Festen" is an unsettling psychological drama built around a harrowing performance from Mads Mikkelsen.
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
May 21, 2012
What a knotty, frighteningly real drama 'The Hunt' is.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
May 20, 2012
The Hunt is a "problem picture" in which the problem feels neither urgent nor especially new.
Full Review | Original Score: C+