The Hunter
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Recently released from prison, Ali (writer-director Rafi Pitts) 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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is a parable about modern Iran, and like many recent Iranian films it leaves its meaning to the viewer."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"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."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Atmospheric, but underwhelming, underwritten and emotionally hollow."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Pitts is a solemn, silent presence and his director's eye ensures a succession of expertly composed images that each tell a story."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"A film with a split personality, it initially intrigues before eventually infuriating."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"Cinematographer Mohammad Davudi's nighttime shots of jammed Tehran highways help convey the society's dehumanization."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"By the time you realize how stealthy the film's critique has been, you've already fallen right into its trap."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"Writer-director Rafi Pitts manages an atmosphere of choked, ambiguous dread that recalls nothing less than Godard's Alphaville."
‑ Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine
"It doesn't offer even a basic driving narrative that might at least have engaged our attention."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"The story dulls into a cat-and-mouse pursuit narrative, with Pitts's own inexpressive performance one weakness among many."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"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."
‑ Melissa Anderson, Village Voice
"Pitts turns images of everyday urban sights - plaza steps, concrete apartment houses - into reflections of Ali's sense of emptiness and entrapment."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"Moody and rather depressing, it's also haunting and utterly involving right to the bitter end."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"The biggest problem with the film is not its snail's saunter, but rather the minimalist way Pitts approaches the scripting."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"Seemingly destined to go largely under-appreciated, this is a work of precision and complexity."
‑ Jason Wood, Little White Lies
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