Metascore
76

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: Roger Ebert
    Feb 29, 2012
    88
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jan 5, 2012
    60
    His story, like the current release "A Separation," shows a glimpse inside Iran of everyday reversals of fortune, and how easy it is to get caught in the crosshairs of bureaucracy, bad judgment and bad luck.
  3. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Jan 5, 2012
    63
    Cinematographer Mohammad Davudi's nighttime shots of jammed Tehran highways help convey the society's dehumanization. Scenes of a vast forest outside the city, where Ali releases tension by hunting, are powerful in their own, sparse way.
  4. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Jan 4, 2012
    80
    A lean, disturbing and beautifully photographed thriller from writer, director and actor Rafi Pitts, who was born in Tehran, educated in Britain and did his filmmaking apprenticeship in France, working for Jean-Luc Godard and Leos Carax.
  5. Reviewed by: Ryan Lattanzio
    Mar 29, 2012
    100
    The plot is spare, but unsettling imagery elevates The Hunter to the level of pure cinema.
  6. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Jan 3, 2012
    75
    In The Hunter, writer-director Rafi Pitts manages an atmosphere of choked, ambiguous dread, somehow naturalistic and hallucinatory at once, that recalls nothing less than Godard's Alphaville.
  7. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Jan 4, 2012
    83
    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.
  8. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jan 3, 2012
    90
    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.
  9. Reviewed by: Anthony Lane
    Jan 3, 2012
    50
    The whole film, in fact, which Pitts wrote and directed, lurks on the borders of the unspecified. That is the source of its cool, but also of its sullen capacity to annoy.
  10. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Jan 3, 2012
    80
    By the time you realize how stealthy the film's critique has been, you've already fallen right into its trap.
  11. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Jan 3, 2012
    80
    Filmed during the months leading up to the 2009 presidential election in Iran, The Hunter still seethes with fury - and anticipates the blood that would spill after the vote.

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