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The Hunter Reviews

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Jason Bailey
April 9, 2016
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.
Jack Giroux
Film School Rejects
August 11, 2014
The Hunter is a film of surprising scope and intimacy.
Glenn Dunks
Onya Magazine
October 17, 2013
It is an atmospheric and richly rewarding film that glides along at a pace akin to that of the small country local within which it's set.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
Slow-moving but graceful, this character study is engaging and insightful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 19, 2013
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.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 1, 2012
Well-crafted and finely acted adventure story that held my interest throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 27, 2012
This powerful drama is strongly anchored by Willem Dafoe's nuanced performance as a hard loner who is softened by a vulnerable family who finds a place in his heart.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Chris Sawin
July 20, 2012
"The Hunter" is the most intriguing thriller to come along in the first half of 2012. Willem Dafoe continues to showcase why he's one of the best actors today and the cinematography for the film is absolutely breathtaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers
July 19, 2012
I've always thought of Dafoe as an overexposed but talented actor. In this kind of role, he excels. The story by author/filmmaker Julia Leigh is sound. And, the scenery and locations add so much to the experience. Take the trip.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
July 19, 2012
The Hunter is a very topical drama with ethics and human consciousness at its heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
July 13, 2012
The Hunter isn't a straightforward film, but it is a thought-provoking one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Solomons
Observer (UK)
July 8, 2012
It is dank and clammy, with ice in its heart, but it is also beautiful and painful, its emotional climaxes hitting home like precision bullets.
July 7, 2012
A slow-burner about survival in general that may seem predictable in parts and meander in others, but the intensity with which the psychological developments suddenly manifest is its ultimate power.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
July 6, 2012
A thoughtful, sinewy thriller that takes its time, but girds on a stellar, stoic performance from Willem Dafoe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
July 6, 2012
Entirely convincing as a loner on a mission, Dafoe makes this slow but beautifully shot film compelling throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Steve Rose
July 5, 2012
Dafoe is eminently watchable, and for the most part it's a distinctive, atmospheric movie that cherishes the persistence of mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
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
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
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
Matthew Turner
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
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