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8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 106 Ratings

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  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 to watch it again, but this film is deeply powerful. A
  2. Jul 24, 2013
    10
    Wow! Very difficult subject matter handled expertly by "The Celebration" director, Thomas Vinterberg, again showing his talent for getting incredible performances. The script is well-written and everything is believable in its detail and complexity. Mads Mikkelsen is quickly becoming one of the world's best actors and this film is certainly one of the must-sees of the year. I do not give out many tens, but this earned it. Expand
  3. Jul 12, 2013
    10
    Difficult subject matter is subtly and convincingly handled by director Thomas Vinterberg. Mads Mikkelsen is outstanding as the persecuted innocent, His quiet desperation ultimately turning into uncontrollable rage is truly rousing. The ending whilst ambiguous is not unsatisfying.
  4. Lyn
    Feb 20, 2014
    9
    One reviewer notes that for some, this film "may prove stressful." More like excruciating, I would say! But a worthwhile experience if you appreciate challenging films. The lead actor's performance is riveting, frustrating, heartbreaking. I have no idea how often a child's claim of this type of abuse turns out to be false, but the film makes an interesting case for how this seemingly impossible thing could happen. Also interesting is the fact that after "The Celebration," his earlier film that explores some similar issues in a scathing way, the director this time narrows his focus to the accused. Great filmmaking. Expand
  5. Aug 16, 2013
    9
    A film hard to watch because it unravels how ephemeral everything around us is, how ones life can turn upside down in a blink of an eye and become the victim of a modern day witch hunt by being pronounced guilty before having a chance to prove their innocence. Mads Mikkelsen is truly outstanding in his portrayal of the hunted in a restrained and expressive performance and together with the assured direction of Vinterberg comes a film not easily forgotten. Expand
  6. Aug 19, 2013
    9
    Mads Mikkelsen plays a kindergarten teacher who's wrongfully accused of inappropriate action with one of the children. This causes the majority of the small Swedish village to turn viciously against him. This film is stark and bleak (it is, after all Sweden). There's almost no music or manipulative filmmaking by director Thomas Vinterberg ("Celebration"). Still, it packs a powerful punch. Obviously, the subject matter adds to the gravity of the film, but Mikkelsen's subtle, sensitive portrayal lends quiet depth and powerful emotion. (subtitles) Expand
  7. Jul 23, 2013
    9
    How easy can your life and reputation be destroyed? Easy, and fast. Especially if you work around little kids. From a popular guy with many friends the main character Lukas becomes an outcast, a pariah. Trying to protect little kids from child abuse we are prone to believe anything they say.
    This movie is a Danish film about a pre-school teacher who is falsely accused based on his best
    friend's daughter's remark.
    The worst part of the situation is that once a reputation is marred it will never be the same. People do not forget and do not forgive even if you are innocent...
    I find the movie excellent but the ending brilliant. No wonder Mads Mikkelsen who plays Lukas won he Best Actor Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
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  8. Dec 14, 2013
    10
    One of the best movies of the year. The direction, acting and screenplay are superb. There are times the moive is hard to watch but you still are riveted to the screen. Loved the ending.
  9. Dec 30, 2013
    9
    Thomas Vinterberg- This film dredges up the "other side" of sexual abuse accusations, a much needed discourse that we all choose to ignore. This is what can happen when our rampant paranoia that every man over the age of 15 is a pedophile. How many innocent men have paid a price, but committed no crime?
  10. Nov 15, 2013
    10
    .................................................................................................Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!............................................................................................................
  11. Dec 27, 2013
    10
    In one word: obsessive. Oustanding performance from Mads Mikkelsen put Jagten to the highest stage. One of the best for sure, but not the type for everybody to watch.
  12. Feb 23, 2014
    10
    Mads Mikkelsen gives one of the best performance of this controversial subject. This story shows in a subtle way how people's mentality can be changed so easily by an insignificant word. It's a hyper realistic approach to a lot of aspects of life. In my opinion, it was a brilliant idea to create the martyr-protagonist, the one who shake once again the hands that once had punched him. He shows the courage to live in a society where the equilibrium is shattered even when an apparently peace is restored. Expand
  13. Feb 22, 2014
    10
    Great film with some great acting and a satisfying ending. Worth the time and won't let you down, a movie that drags you in and keeps you there until the end.
  14. Mar 16, 2014
    9
    One of the best movies of last year. Enjoying the acting while suffering from the plot. The performance made by Mads Mikkelsen was simply just amazing. He didn't really left much impression in the 007 movie, but he sure has got my attention from now on!!!看这片痛苦并且快乐着
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: 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.
  2. Reviewed by: Mary Houlihan
    Aug 5, 2013
    88
    Vinterberg has created a modern horror story about a man’s descent into a Kafkaesque nightmare.
  3. 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.