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The Hunting Ground (2015)



Critic 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 (32)

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

April 24, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Detroit News
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Important but devastating viewing.

April 17, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Seattle Times
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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.

April 16, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Arizona Republic
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Too few women (and men) have too little chance to share their stories. Dick's film is a valuable spotlight.

April 9, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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.

April 9, 2015 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Dallas Morning News
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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?

April 3, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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 Proulx
KJ Proulx

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A testament to a bunch of brave college students and film makers who expose the horrifying lack of support that colleges provide to those who have been raped on their campus. It is an epidemic that is encouraged by the lack of attention paid to the issue by morally bankrupt officials.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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