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The Hunter Reviews

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Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered
January 16, 2013
The Hunter delivers a quiet and somewhat meandering story that wallows in self-importance and social agenda.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Jeff Beck
September 16, 2012
"The Hunter" is mostly well-done, but where I would normally say "it never comes together," I actually have to say it comes together too late.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 22, 2012
By the time Dafoe tracks down the elusive CGI'd thylacine, my eyelids had washed over with a glaze of numbness. The big winner here, Tasmania's tourist board.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Matthew Thrift
Little White Lies
July 5, 2012
Unfocussed and thematically overburdened. More could have been said with less.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
July 11, 2012
There's little to gird the loins or ply the grey matter.
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine
March 28, 2012
The film refuses to focus on its core story, hedging its bets with forays into family drama, environmental thriller, and corporate intrigue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James Croot
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
Don Groves
September 27, 2011
Thriller's coherence gets lost in the Tasmanian wilderness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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James Berardinelli
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
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 3, 2012
It has intriguing parts but they do not come together.
| Original Score: 2/4
Chris Barsanti
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
Tom Ryan
The Age (Australia)
October 5, 2011
The result is intriguing and Nettheim succeeds in giving The Hunter an unsettling ambience but, finally, it seems rather hollow at the centre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
October 6, 2011
What is intended as haunting and unworldly comes off as stilted and phony. Only the evocative cinematography of Robert Humphreys gives any hint as to what may have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
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
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 5, 2012
"The Hunter" loses its way.
Cole Smithey
April 2, 2012
[VIDEO] Television director Daniel Nettheim makes a flailing attempt at transitioning into directing feature films with an undercooked ecological think piece set in the Australian outback.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
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
Matt Glasby
Total Film
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.
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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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