St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
To keep serious cinema from going extinct, this could be sold as "The Hunger Games" cross-bred with "The Lorax," but it's better and more mature than either of those hit movies.
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New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Dafoe proves to have the right blend of ruggedness and sensitivity for this conflicted hero. The actor's habit of maintaining a lavishly styled coiffure in all situations, even when his character is meant to be sleeping in the rain for days on end, is becoming distracting, though.
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By Michelle Orange
Scene by scene The Hunter, adapted from a novel by Julia Leigh, holds your attention like a pair of big, inquisitive eyes, or perhaps the point-blank scope of an automatic rifle.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By the time The Hunter jettisons its narrative ballast altogether and embraces its elemental appeal, it's too late. The near-mythic grandeur of its final scenes is less a welcome payoff then a suggestion of the truly striking film that might have been; it's ironic that a movie about a man who sets traps for a living would itself end up ensnared by formula.
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Washington Post

By Michael O'Sullivan
At the core of the movie is the message that the real lonely hunter is the heart.
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By James Berardinelli
The Hunter works best as a travelogue and a thought-piece about the ugly, shadowy side of resurrecting dead species.
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Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
You watch Dafoe's intelligent hands skillfully setting traps, building fires and squeezing triggers, and wonder if an entire movie might be made of such manly components. Probably not.
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Slant Magazine

By Jesse Cataldo
The film refuses to focus on its core story, hedging its bets with forays into family drama, environmental thriller, and corporate intrigue.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The Hunter becomes turgid with corporate conspiracies, hired assassins, and offscreen tragedies, and the appealing leanness of the early scenes gets lost.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
The idea of Willem Dafoe, one of our most watchable actors, playing a man stalking a thought-to-be-extinct animal in the wild is gripping in theory. In execution, however, The Hunter loses its way.
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63 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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