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The Hunter occasionally suffers from predictability, but Willem Dafoe gives a terrific performance as an obsessive hunter on the trail of a mysterious beast. Read critic reviews

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A shadowy corporation sends a mercenary (Willem Dafoe) to Tasmania to track down a nearly extinct tiger whose genetic code holds the secret to a dangerous weapon.

Cast & Crew

Willem Dafoe
Martin David
Frances O'Connor
Lucy Armstrong
Sam Neill
Jack Mindy
Morgana Davies
Sass Armstrong
Finn Woodlock
Bike Armstrong
Alice Addison
Screenwriter
Liz Watts
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Anita Sheehan
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Paul Wiegard
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Robert Humphreys
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Andrew Lancaster
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Michael Lira
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Matteo Zingales
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Critic Reviews for The Hunter

All Critics (95) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (68) | Rotten (27)

  • It's a character study, for the most part, allowing the complications and relationships to puncture the narrative only when they have finally penetrated the man.

    April 9, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Its mostly observant temper keeps us from being greatly moved, but it holds us with its acute, almost laboratory dissection of its people's beings.

    June 19, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Dafoe is eminently watchable, and for the most part it's a distinctive, atmospheric movie that cherishes the persistence of mystery.

    July 5, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • There's a gripping moral weight to the questions of survival and profiteering the story raises, and the worryingly inexact moment when our interest in endangered species tips over into thoughts of human gain.

    July 5, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • You want to say: "Can I have the message in a separate envelope and just spend the film looking at the landscapes?"

    July 5, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Unfocussed and thematically overburdened. More could have been said with less.

    July 5, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Hunter

  • Sep 13, 2015
    Pretty solid. Good story and writing, and pretty good acting all around, especially by Defoe. I appreciate the lessons, both positive and negative, that this film attempts to convey to the viewer. Whether or not it gets them across as effectively is another story, but I like that it at least tries lol.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 30, 2015
    A slow, albeit fascinating and beautifully filmed movie for almost 90 minutes. Unfortunately, the solution in the last 15 minutes is so devastatingly saddening (without making much sense), that it's hard to say you enjoyed what you've been watching or feel like revisiting again. Which is sad because the story, chemistry between the characters and the landscape as an alien surrounding works great for the longest time. Especially Dafoe is outstanding as always. Man, if only this ended differently. It pains me to think about it.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 23, 2014
    It sends a unique moral message that some mysteries should never be solved.
    Max G Super Reviewer
  • Apr 11, 2014
    An intriguing, though somewhat underdeveloped story of a mercenary hunter (Willem Dafoe) tasked with the mission of finding and killing the last remaining Tasmanian devil in the wilderness of Australia. He also becomes involved with the family he is staying with, whose father has gone missing. There are a lot of interesting elements here, and the ending in particular is powerful and moving, but ultimately this movie is a frustrating concoction of family drama mixed with man vs. nature. The scenes with Dafoe out in the wilderness are fantastic, while his moments with the family seem like a slight distraction from the main meat of the story. Dafoe, as always, is phenomenal and does a lot with his very thinly detailed character, and the cinematography is absolutely breathtaking. In the end though, it just feels slightly underdone, which is a shame because there is a lot of great material here.
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