Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Ryan Lattanzio
    Mar 29, 2012
    The plot is spare, but unsettling imagery elevates The Hunter to the level of pure cinema.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jan 3, 2012
    The clammy chill that pervades The Hunter, the fourth feature film by the Iranian director Rafi Pitts, seeps under your skin as you wait for its grim, taciturn protagonist to detonate.
  3. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Feb 29, 2012
    This is a parable about modern Iran, and like many recent Iranian films it leaves its meaning to the viewer. One of the wise decisions by Rafi Pitts, its writer, director and star, is to include no dialogue that ever actually states the politics of its hero.
  4. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Jan 4, 2012
    Though The Hunter maintains the same even tone after it turns into a chase thriller, the look begins to resemble the work of William Friedkin and Walter Hill in its clean, elemental approach to action.

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