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The Hunter Reviews

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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.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
October 27, 2010
Sombre and piercing, The Hunter courageously defends the right to voice resistance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5