Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Jul 11, 2013
    100
    An outstanding lead performance by Mads Mikkelsen (who won best actor for the role at Cannes in 2012) anchors this hauntingly layered and nuanced drama of a man falsely accused of a terrible deed.
  2. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Jul 9, 2013
    100
    Mikkelsen, who is not given to sympathetic roles, has never been better. This is cinema that sinks its claws into your back.
  3. Reviewed by: Jessica Kiang
    Jul 9, 2013
    91
    For anyone with even a halfway developed sense of justice The Hunt may prove stressful, frustrating, even enraging, but it’s also an unbelievably effective watch, that, if nothing else signals an undeniable return to form for Vinterberg, and yet another blistering performance from Mikkelsen. See it, if only for the debates it will cause afterward.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Jul 11, 2013
    90
    This is filmmaking of a high order, even though the production's scale is modest and the climax is not without its facile contrivances.
  5. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Apr 15, 2013
    90
    Propelled by Mads Mikkelsen’s shattering performance as the blameless man whose life threatens to be destroyed, the film is superbly acted by a cast that never strikes a false note or softens the impact with consolatory sentiment.
  6. Reviewed by: Mary Houlihan
    Aug 5, 2013
    88
    Vinterberg has created a modern horror story about a man’s descent into a Kafkaesque nightmare.
  7. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Jul 11, 2013
    88
    Thomas Vinterberg (“The Celebration”) directs with restraint that makes the story all the more affecting.
  8. 88
    It’s a pretty conventional “Lifetime Original Movie” sort of story. But co-writer/director Thomas Vinterberg (“Dear Wendy”) makes it work by building a sense of frustrating unease into it all.
  9. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    Jul 12, 2013
    85
    The director makes clear that everyone means well — the headmistress, protective of her students; the parents, trying to shield children from things they shouldn't know about just yet; the investigators asking questions carefully, trying to see their way through ambiguous answers.
  10. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jul 26, 2013
    80
    Thomas Vinterberg’s film puts us just on the edge of screaming frustration; Mads Mikkelsen’s terrific performance (for which he won the best actor award at Cannes in 2012) only makes the film more powerful.
  11. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Jul 12, 2013
    80
    It is a devastating film to watch.
  12. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Jul 9, 2013
    80
    The movie works beautifully by bringing forward the delicate subject of guilt via passivity.
  13. Reviewed by: Cath Clarke
    Jul 6, 2013
    80
    What a knotty, frighteningly real drama The Hunt is.
  14. Reviewed by: David Hughes
    Apr 15, 2013
    80
    Beautifully performed and tough as nails, Vinterberg's social drama could not be any more timely.
  15. Reviewed by: Kevin Harley
    Apr 15, 2013
    80
    Vinterberg keeps us guessing right up to and after an end shot that suggests how tough some viral rumours are to shake off.
  16. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Apr 15, 2013
    80
    It is forthright, powerful, composed and directed with clarity and overwhelming force, yet capable of great subtlety and nuance.
  17. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Jul 26, 2013
    75
    Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen delivers an astonishingly restrained and expressive central performance in The Hunt, an engrossing psycho-social drama by Thomas Vinterberg.
  18. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Jul 25, 2013
    75
    The Hunt offers a powerful, provocative study of mob mentality and the fabric of trust.
  19. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Jul 12, 2013
    75
    This is thematically rich material; unfortunately, like a few too many dramas from the past decade, The Hunt resists expressive uses of style, opting instead for gently bobbing handheld camerawork. It's an actor-friendly approach.
  20. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Jul 9, 2013
    75
    It’s to the star’s immense credit that his spellbinding appeal provides a tension that the script’s funereal pace often lacks.
  21. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Jul 6, 2013
    75
    The film is in part an exceedingly black comedy that parodies proper society's eager, self-righteous naïveté on the subject of its children.
  22. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Jul 11, 2013
    70
    While The Hunt skillfully puts viewers through the wringer, it’s often for no higher purpose than pushing buttons and generating outrage.
  23. Reviewed by: Boyd van Hoeij
    Apr 15, 2013
    70
    Mikkelsen impresses here as a warm-hearted man who finds himself caught up in a situation way beyond his control.
  24. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Jul 24, 2013
    67
    As emotionally devastating as it is, The Hunt is nevertheless rather schematic and pat.
  25. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jul 12, 2013
    67
    The subject matter, already troubling, is made even more so by Vinterberg’s almost sadomasochistic penchant for propping up Lucas’s martyrdom. He’s gunning for prey, too.
  26. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Jul 10, 2013
    67
    None of the complexity of that initial interaction between teacher and lovestruck little girl carries over into the town’s reaction, which closely resembles that of the villagers in "Frankenstein." It’s like watching a deer run from shotguns for two hours — it evokes some sympathy, but that’s about all.
  27. Reviewed by: James Adams
    Jul 18, 2013
    63
    While The Hunt strives mightily to provoke outrage, get the blood boiling, pluck the heartstrings and open the tear ducts, it never quite succeeds – a function of a narrative whose failures of credibility, finally, prevent a viewer from wholeheartedly embracing what director Thomas Vinterberg wants us to feel.
  28. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Aug 16, 2013
    60
    Imbued as it is with a sense of discomforting truth, it is a worthwhile examination of human nature -- and one with a message well worth heeding.
  29. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jul 11, 2013
    60
    The Hunt doesn’t know where to stop. It is undermined with a short, unsatisfying epilogue whose shocking final moment isn’t enough to justify its inclusion.
  30. Reviewed by: Jon Frosch
    Jul 9, 2013
    50
    Unlike in The Celebration, the cruelty and suffering in The Hunt feel both overly schematic and intellectually muddled.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 133 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. Dec 21, 2013
    10
    This is one of the best films of 2013. Mads Mikkelsen gives an amazing performance worthy of an Oscar nomination. I can't say I'd want toThis is one of the best films of 2013. Mads Mikkelsen gives an amazing performance worthy of an Oscar nomination. I can't say I'd want to watch it again, but this film is deeply powerful. A Full Review »
  2. Jan 10, 2014
    0
    If you want to see an actor doing his job as well as you've ever seen, you must see this movie. However, if you want to see a good film thatIf you want to see an actor doing his job as well as you've ever seen, you must see this movie. However, if you want to see a good film that amuse you for nearly a couple of hours, you'd better think twice in double-clicking in that one... For me, the worst film i have seen since i saw 'To the wonder'. 1h 40 minutes to tell you not to believe every word the children say. I think there's no need in seeing that film to acquire that knowledge. The plot is based in a lie said by a little girl that her parents hardly ever listen and everybody knew was special. My score for this film is ZERO, but, i must insist, my score for the main actor is 10, amazing, as usually. Full Review »
  3. Aug 22, 2013
    8
    The movie was astonishing! I really loved it. It was so realistic and so true and ''raw'' showing the reactions of the people's Dutch town.The movie was astonishing! I really loved it. It was so realistic and so true and ''raw'' showing the reactions of the people's Dutch town. How easy is to judge and behave foolishly, without even bothering checking both sides. The elevation of the film was marvelous and Mads Mikkelsen just perfect! Hes is unbelievably talented and amazing on any film he participated. This is definitely a movie you must watch Full Review »