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Based on 15 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    The idea of Willem Dafoe, one of our most watchable actors, playing a man stalking a thought-to-be-extinct animal in the wild is gripping in theory. In execution, however, The Hunter loses its way. show more

  • 70
    Michelle Orange Movieline

    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. show more

  • 88
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    To keep serious cinema from going extinct, this could be sold as "The Hunger Games" cross-bred with "The Lorax," but it's better and more mature than either of those hit movies. show more

  • 75
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    Dafoe proves to have the right blend of ruggedness and sensitivity for this conflicted hero. The actor's habit of maintaining a lavishly styled coiffure in all situations, even when his character is meant to be sleeping in the rain for days on end, is becoming distracting, though. show more

  • 63
    Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post

    At the core of the movie is the message that the real lonely hunter is the heart. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The Hunter works best as a travelogue and a thought-piece about the ugly, shadowy side of resurrecting dead species. show more

  • 63
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    By the time The Hunter jettisons its narrative ballast altogether and embraces its elemental appeal, it's too late. The near-mythic grandeur of its final scenes is less a welcome payoff then a suggestion of the truly striking film that might have been; it's ironic that a movie about a man who sets traps for a living would itself end up ensnared by formula. show more

  • 50
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    The Hunter becomes turgid with corporate conspiracies, hired assassins, and offscreen tragedies, and the appealing leanness of the early scenes gets lost. show more

  • 50
    Jesse Cataldo Slant Magazine

    The film refuses to focus on its core story, hedging its bets with forays into family drama, environmental thriller, and corporate intrigue. show more

  • 60
    Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York

    You watch Dafoe's intelligent hands skillfully setting traps, building fires and squeezing triggers, and wonder if an entire movie might be made of such manly components. Probably not. show more

  • July 22, 2012 pg00000000127066
    Report This User

    i guess with him its quantity not quality!

  • July 11, 2012 va00000000072377
    Report This User

    Absolutely ridiculous movie! As a wolf lover and animal psychology enthusiast, I found this to be a pathetic portrayal of this species. I can appreciate far-fetched, but this was just pathetic. Not worth the watch in my opinion.

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