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The Hunter Reviews

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July 5, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 5, 2012
You want to say: "Can I have the message in a separate envelope and just spend the film looking at the landscapes?"
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 5, 2012
Unfocussed and thematically overburdened. More could have been said with less.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 4, 2012
The Hunter is a taut, thought-provoking and ultimately touching drama with wonderful work from Dafoe, O'Connor and Sam Neill as a local guide with conflicted loyalties.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 4, 2012
If you go down to the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise, in the form of an elegant genre-hopper coming on like Werner Herzog meets Michael Crighton.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 4, 2012
Quietly gripping, atmospheric and beautifully shot drama with a terrific central performance from Willem Dafoe, an effectively sparse script and some stunning location work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 1, 2012
A slow-burning, beautifully shot, understated philosophical thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 29, 2012
The domestic and conspiracy elements are so perfunctory you sense the film, like its hero, can't wait to bugger off into the bush and forget about them altogether.
June 12, 2012
It's certainly enjoyable to watch the beanie-hatted, craggy-faced Dafoe set animal traps with his bare hands.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 17, 2012
Predictable, a pastiche of conventions, but strange nonetheless, and not always in a good way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 17, 2012
A movie with more plot than it can comfortably handle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 12, 2012
I know what they were going for. This was more about the spiritual journey than the actual action plot, but it just doesn't gel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 3, 2012
It's all intended to be darkly metaphorical. In actuality, it's a mediocre film unfolding without plan, purpose or enthusiasm.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
May 3, 2012
Think of it as a popcorn movie topped with Vegemite.
May 3, 2012
It has intriguing parts but they do not come together.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 27, 2012
With a rucksack of gadgets, Dafoe makes a believably cunning tracker, and when he finally confronts his prey, the mutual respect feeds a poignant parable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 26, 2012
Long time Aussie TV director Daniel Nettheim does a yeoman's job with his cast and adapted screenplay
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 26, 2012
While the film threatens to fall into cliché, excellent cinematography and another mesmerizing performance by Willem Dafoe keep it engaging enough to the point that it develops a fascinating rhythm of its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/5.0
April 26, 2012
...springs back from its narrative deficiencies with closure both in the wilderness and civilization, crossing both against the film's general themes about human progress vs. the natural world.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 23, 2012
Where the title character travels is a visually and emotionally striking journey.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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