The Hunter Reviews

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January 14, 2020
The Hunter has the odds firmly stacked in its favor and for most of its running time it seems to become a fantastic film. But its third act stumbles badly, several times over, spoiling most of it.
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 16, 2012
As I followed step by step the unfolding of the ending, I could see how the plot makes perfect sense in a sinister way that adds one brilliant additional twist.
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.
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.
January 5, 2012
A lean, disturbing and beautifully photographed thriller...
January 1, 2012
Writer-director Rafi Pitts manages an atmosphere of choked, ambiguous dread that recalls nothing less than Godard's Alphaville.
November 3, 2010
Moody and rather depressing, it's also haunting and utterly involving right to the bitter end.
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.
October 29, 2010
The biggest problem with the film is not its snail's saunter, but rather the minimalist way Pitts approaches the scripting.
October 29, 2010
A film with a split personality, it initially intrigues before eventually infuriating.
October 28, 2010
Seemingly destined to go largely under-appreciated, this is a work of precision and complexity.
October 28, 2010
Pitts ably conveys the bleakness of daily life and the accompanying mistrust of authority.
October 27, 2010
Conjures moments of alluring bleakness evocative of Melville, including the best fog-based car chase you'll see all year.
October 27, 2010
A suspenseful and daring drama, but it isn't perfectly executed.
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