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The Hunter Reviews

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Roe McDermott
Hot Press
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 16, 2012
This is a parable about modern Iran, and like many recent Iranian films it leaves its meaning to the viewer.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
February 7, 2012
Cinematographer Mohammad Davudi's nighttime shots of jammed Tehran highways help convey the society's dehumanization.
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
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.
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David Fear
Time Out
February 7, 2012
By the time you realize how stealthy the film's critique has been, you've already fallen right into its trap.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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
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Noel Murray
AV Club
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+
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 5, 2012
A lean, disturbing and beautifully photographed thriller...
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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.
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
January 3, 2012
Atmospheric, but underwhelming, underwritten and emotionally hollow.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
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
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
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
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
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
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
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
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
October 29, 2010
A film with a split personality, it initially intrigues before eventually infuriating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
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
Jason Wood
Little White Lies
October 28, 2010
Seemingly destined to go largely under-appreciated, this is a work of precision and complexity.
| Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
October 28, 2010
Pitts ably conveys the bleakness of daily life and the accompanying mistrust of authority.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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