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The Hunter Reviews

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November 13, 2017
What persists in both parts of the film is a snapshot of contemporary Iran with some of the precision, poetry, and despair that Ebrahim Golestan brought to Brick and Mirror in 1965, including the same horror of absurdist bureaucracy.
March 11, 2016
Though The Hunter aims for tension, it's way off target, hitting tedium instead. A missed opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 16, 2012
This is a parable about modern Iran, and like many recent Iranian films it leaves its meaning to the viewer.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 7, 2012
Cinematographer Mohammad Davudi's nighttime shots of jammed Tehran highways help convey the society's dehumanization.
February 7, 2012
Filmed during the months leading up to the 2009 presidential election in Iran, The Hunter still seethes with fury -- and anticipates the blood that would spill after the vote.
February 7, 2012
The clammy chill that pervades "The Hunter," the fourth feature film by the Iranian director Rafi Pitts, seeps under your skin as you wait for its grim, taciturn protagonist to detonate.
February 7, 2012
By the time you realize how stealthy the film's critique has been, you've already fallen right into its trap.
January 5, 2012
Pitts turns images of everyday urban sights - plaza steps, concrete apartment houses - into reflections of Ali's sense of emptiness and entrapment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 5, 2012
The film is stunningly composed, with images that convey Pitts' sense of being ground down by modernity and beset by institutional hypocrisy.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 5, 2012
A lean, disturbing and beautifully photographed thriller...
January 4, 2012
If you find it convenient to think of Iran more as a bad dream than as a perceptible place, this is the film for you.
January 3, 2012
Atmospheric, but underwhelming, underwritten and emotionally hollow.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
January 1, 2012
Writer-director Rafi Pitts manages an atmosphere of choked, ambiguous dread that recalls nothing less than Godard's Alphaville.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 3, 2010
Moody and rather depressing, it's also haunting and utterly involving right to the bitter end.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 1, 2010
Pitts is a solemn, silent presence and his director's eye ensures a succession of expertly composed images that each tell a story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 1, 2010
It doesn't offer even a basic driving narrative that might at least have engaged our attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 29, 2010
The biggest problem with the film is not its snail's saunter, but rather the minimalist way Pitts approaches the scripting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 29, 2010
A film with a split personality, it initially intrigues before eventually infuriating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 28, 2010
The story dulls into a cat-and-mouse pursuit narrative, with Pitts's own inexpressive performance one weakness among many.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 28, 2010
Seemingly destined to go largely under-appreciated, this is a work of precision and complexity.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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