The Hunting Ground

2015

The Hunting Ground

Critics Consensus

The Hunting Ground isn't director Kirby Dick's strongest work as a filmmaker, but the movie's powerful message more than trumps any technical weaknesses.

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From the team behind THE INVISIBLE WAR, comes a startling exposé of rape crimes on U.S. campuses, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on victims and their families. Weaving together verité footage and first-person testimonies, the film follows survivors as they pursue their education while fighting for justice - despite harsh retaliation, harassment and pushback at every level. (C) Radius-TWC

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Critic Reviews for The Hunting Ground

All Critics (72) | Top Critics (31)

  • An important film to see for parents, students and anyone involved with academia.

    Apr 24, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Important but devastating viewing.

    Apr 17, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • When and where your frustration and anger boil over while watching "The Hunting Ground" is an individual experience, one that will be different for everyone who sees it.

    Apr 16, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The Hunting Ground qualifies as activist filmmaking. More power to it. You can read all the statistics you want, but there's no substitute for bearing witness - especially in such overwhelming numbers.

    Apr 9, 2015 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • The Hunting Ground is a clear piece of survivors' advocacy. Dick's purpose is not to be fair to both sides. But is that such a problem when no one has been fair to his subjects?

    Apr 3, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The Hunting Ground finds a narrative spine in the story of two rape victims: Andrea Pino and Annie E. Clark, students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who wound up launching their own grassroots investigation into the epidemic.

    Apr 2, 2015 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for The Hunting Ground

  • Jun 16, 2017
    Heartbreaking and shocking.
    Erin C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 29, 2017
    This was one of the most eye opening documentaries I have watched this year. Disappointing that this epidemic is happening and that it is so protected by almost everyone. Times need to change and the rich shall not prosper while others suffer because of social status. This film cut me to the core and has inspired me to start developing a project that will help raise awareness in my country. Disappointing women and men are exposed to this type of culture when universities have no reason to stop it because they are protecting their perfect image, dead set disgusting. Any person with a member going to university should see this film. 29/04/2017.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Feb 24, 2016
    Haunting, depressing, raw, true, and overwhelmingly large in numbers, "The Hunting Ground is a masterfully crafted Documentary. Following the lives of rape victims on college campuses and diving deep into their stories, was not something I was incredibly keen on viewing, but it works. Whether or not you believe every story, because there are a few questionable cases, as a film, this is one of the most effective Documentaries you will watch about this specific subject. The biggest flaw with this film (which is also it's biggest positive), is that when the statistics for each school come up, you are in awe. They begin with percentages to scare the audience and to make them want to take a stand, but once the percentages go away, the filmmakers come up with a clever way of showing what the police of each town is "not" doing. That hurt the film slightly for me, as that is not the story for them to be focussing on, but rather what is true and can be explained. "The Hunting Ground" is a very unique title for this film and I highly recommend it to anyone college-appropriate or older. This film handles very mature material and I think it is for a specific audience. Terrific documentary.
    KJ P Super Reviewer
  • Jan 14, 2016
    Despite some reported issues regarding its credibility, this is a great companion piece to The Invisible War in what concerns institutionalized misogyny and brutality against women (and in this case also men) that go shockingly ignored when the interests of powerful people are involved.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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