The Hunter Reviews

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March 16, 2012
This is a parable about modern Iran, and like many recent Iranian films it leaves its meaning to the viewer.
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.
March 5, 2018
Rather than evoking neo-realism, it recalls some of the thrillers of French director Jean-Pierre Melville, which synthesized American film noir and European art films into a lean hybrid.
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.
January 3, 2012
Atmospheric, but underwhelming, underwritten and emotionally hollow.
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