The Hunted
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A rogue special-forces soldier is tracked down by his former mentor in this action thriller from director William Friedkin (The French Connection, The Exorcist). In his first role since winning a Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2001, Benicio del Toro stars as Aaron Hallam, one of the U.S. military's most skilled hand-to-hand combat operatives. In the years following his successful assassination of a Serbian warlord in late-'90s Kosovo, Hallam finds himself plagued by traumatic flashbacks of death and destruction, so much so that when he finally returns home, he regresses into a feral,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 30%

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"Ludicrous, plotless, ho-hum tale of lurid confrontation."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"By stripping an action thriller this close to the bone, director William Friedkin has removed too much meat."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"If only we could sympathise with Hallam as he seems to sympathise with hunted animals, this film might engage our interest; but as it stands, the whole length of The Hunted is merely a tedious deferral of the inevitable confrontation."
‑ Anton Bitel, Daily Info
"Just like Walter Hill's Undisputed, William Friedkin's The Hunted plays a like a clinic for lean, mean, no-nonsense filmmaking."
‑ Chuck O'Leary,
"With so much going right in The Hunted, it's a shame they couldn't track down a writer (three are credited) who could have figured out how to make the ending work."
‑ Daniel M. Kimmel, Worcester Telegram & Gazette
"There's too much talent on-screen and behind the camera for The Hunted to be dull, but it is predictable and disappointing, and we seem to be missing about a half-hour's worth of scenes that would have brought some depths to these characters."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"This is schlock -- by-the-numbers action that ignores character development to the point where we find it hard to care whether L.T. catches Hallam or whether they end up running after each other until the world ends."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"An awful and graphically violent movie."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Be prepared to endure pounds of painful preposterousness in return for the film's pint-sized pleasures."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"The Hunted . . . has the pacing of a chase movie, the atmosphere of a horror film and the tired formula of a morally bankrupt Tinseltown action flick."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"Essentially a reheating of 1982's First Blood ... but the fallout this time is simultaneously more ruthless, less emotional, and duller."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"Has so little going for it, you wonder if you've missed something."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"It's actually a tense, intelligent film, highlighting two of Friedkin's pet themes, and it deserves consideration among his best films."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"... It's the polar opposite of the stylized action popularized by The Matrix and other recent films."
‑ Greg Maki, Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
"It is a tolerable film, but it is not enlightening and it sure isn't entertaining. It is underwritten ... a waste of a lot of good acting and directing talent."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
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