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  • Summary: Recently released from prison, Ali attempts to make the most of his return to Tehran, amidst much talk of the upcoming elections and promises of change. Forced to work nights, he still tries to spend as much time as he can with his wife and their young daughter, escaping the stress of urban life through hunting trips to the secluded forest north of the city. But one day, Ali’s family goes missing-and after a long and fruitless experience with the police, Ali’s own search for his missing daughter ends in horror, pushing him over the edge into an act of terrible violence. He flees the city, pursued by the police, but soon the line between hunter and hunted becomes difficult to define. [Olive Films] Expand
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  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Ryan Lattanzio
    Mar 29, 2012
    100
    The plot is spare, but unsettling imagery elevates The Hunter to the level of pure cinema.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  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: 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.

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