The Hunt
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Mads Mikkelsen (NBC's Hannibal, A ROYAL AFFAIR, CASINO ROYALE) won the Best Actor Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival for his penetrating portrayal of Lucas, a former school teacher who has been forced to start over having overcome a tough divorce and the loss of his job. Just as things are starting to go his way, his life is shattered when an untruthful remark throws his small community into a collective state of hysteria. As the lie spreads, Lucas is forced to fight a lonely fight for his life and dignity. (c) Magnolia

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"You leave The Hunt unsettled in the best sense. Its images and implications are likely to stay in your head a long time."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Through it all, we see an idyllic-looking community, where glorious fall colors fade into twinkling December snow - a pretty frame for a terrifying story of a modern-day witch hunt."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"The Hunt is an extremely effective, skilfully put together psychological thriller, whose only tools are human character traits."
‑ Anna Tatarska, Movie Mezzanine
"Though its theme is hardly a happy subject, this thought-provoking Danish drama on the false accusation of child abuse is nonetheless extra-highly recommended"
‑ Staci Layne Wilson, SheKnows Network
"The acting on all fronts is outstanding, with Mikkelsen holding the centre magnificently as the wronged teacher, his life contaminated by the slow-acting poison of rumour."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"The Hunt's inexorability feels derived more from thematic or ideological concerns than any organic necessity."
‑ James Adams, Globe and Mail
"It's hard to watch. It should be seen."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Engrossing, profoundly disturbing psychological drama - with a devastating conclusion."
‑ Susan Granger, SSG Syndicate
"A sublime performance from Mads Mikkelsen is just one facet of a brilliant and unnerving drama that provides brutal, thought-provoking answers to the tough questions it asks."
‑ Isaac Feldberg, We Got This Covered
"This is not a new story. However it's been handled superbly by Vinterberg working with co-screenwriter Tobias Lindholm."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia)
"Thomas Vinterberg's The Hunt conveys the sinister swirl of persecution more vividly than any film I can remember."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"Vinterberg orchestrates the material impressively, increasing tension little by little until it becomes overwhelming."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"A profoundly important subject--the "repressed memories" witch-hunts--dramatized superbly with a top-notch cast. Deserves not only best foreign picture of the year award, but best picture period."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"It's a maddening, strangely riveting cinematic experience to follow a man wrongly accused of a crime that could stain his name forever ... but there's still something one-note about this near-tragedy. The script, too, seems programmatic."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"The Hunt starts off with great promise before it fails."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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