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The Hunter Reviews

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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
April 19, 2012
Not much happens in "The Hunter." And what little does happen, happens very slowly. And then is repeated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 13, 2012
The character arc is strong on paper but not well-realized on film, and therein lies The Hunter's greatest failing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail
April 13, 2012
By the time The Hunter jettisons its narrative ballast altogether and embraces its elemental appeal, it's too late.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
April 12, 2012
The film is really Dafoe's show, and he reminds once again why he is such a tremendous actor and also one so easy to underestimate and take for granted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
April 12, 2012
Nettheim films long stretches without dialogue and lets the landscape take centre stage, relying on Robert Humphreys' superb camerawork to tell the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
April 7, 2012
In this unfocused and highly antidramatic film, Dafoe is measured for a role that requires him to be empathic and exceedingly normal; it doesn't fit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
April 6, 2012
A taut if uneven Australian drama that works both as an intimate character study and as a primal man-against-nature thriller.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
April 6, 2012
If that synopsis sounds a tad predictable, the outcome of the film is anything but, and The Hunter, with its spectacular cinematography by Robert Humphreys, parallels Dafoe's character and that of his prey, both human and otherwise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert Levin
amNewYork
April 6, 2012
Willem Dafoe is the perfect actor to carry a film like The Hunter, which is guided by the internal journey experienced by his unusual character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kurt Loder
Reason Online
April 6, 2012
What better actor to do brooding than Willem Dafoe, whose chiseled features are by now an emblem of stony concern.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 6, 2012
Mostly this is just too mild, too quiet, too distant. It tracks its target. But it never quite manages to get it in its sites.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 6, 2012
Dafoe proves to have the right blend of ruggedness and sensitivity for this conflicted hero.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 6, 2012
"The Hunter" is engrossing and thoughtful entertainment. It's a mystery with a message.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 5, 2012
"The Hunter" loses its way.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
April 5, 2012
A mesmerizing drama about a lonely and malevolent man's possible spiritual transformation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jordan Hoffman
ScreenCrush
April 5, 2012
'The Hunter' is a melancholy yarn, no doubt about it, but one of hope for creatures who are left alone in the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Michelle Orange
Movieline
April 5, 2012
Scene by scene The Hunter, adapted from a novel by Julia Leigh, holds your attention like a pair of big, inquisitive eyes, or perhaps the point-blank scope of an automatic rifle.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Sam Adams
AV Club
April 5, 2012
Dafoe invests every action with a sense of purpose (not, thankfully, the same thing as meaning), to the extent that viewers would likely turn up to watch him peel potatoes, Jeanne Dielman-style.
Full Review | Original Score: B
James Croot
Flicks.co.nz
April 4, 2012
Dafoe is at his inscrutable best, giving his gun-for-hire a sense of character via obsessions with opera and baths.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
April 3, 2012
"The Hunter" doesn't particularly test him, but Dafoe, who's in every scene of the film, easily dominates it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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