The Hunter
The Hunter (2012)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 4, 2012
DVD Release Date: February 28, 2011
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

This is a parable about modern Iran, and like many recent Iranian films it leaves its meaning to the viewer.

Stephen Holden
New York 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.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Cinema Scope

What persists in both parts of the film is a snapshot of contemporary Iran with some of the precision, poetry, and despair that Ebrahim Golestan brought to Brick and Mirror in 1965, including the same horror of absurdist bureaucracy.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Cinematographer Mohammad Davudi's nighttime shots of jammed Tehran highways help convey the society's dehumanization.

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David Fear
Time Out

By the time you realize how stealthy the film's critique has been, you've already fallen right into its trap.

Roe McDermott
Hot Press

Though The Hunter aims for tension, it's way off target, hitting tedium instead. A missed opportunity.

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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice

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.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

Pitts turns images of everyday urban sights - plaza steps, concrete apartment houses - into reflections of Ali's sense of emptiness and entrapment.

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Atmospheric, but underwhelming, underwritten and emotionally hollow.

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Flixster Audience Score: 44% Flixster User Reviews
Caesar Mendez
After reading a review from my friend TheGodfather I quickly went looking for The Hunter and it's certainly worth checking out. The Hunter is about a… More
Daniel Parsons
Slow paced, economical but gripping thriller with assured photography (busy highways, foggy mountain roads, eerie forests) and sound design. Everything just… More
Walter M.
After Ali(Rafi Pitts, who also directed and wrote) is released from prison, he finds the only job he can get is as a night watchman, giving him little time… More
Panta Oz
The Hunter (Persian: Shekarchi‎) is drama directed by and starring Rafi Pitts. It is a movie which was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 60th… More