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The Hunt(Jagten)

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Denmark, Sweden

2012

Rated R • 1h 56m

Director Thomas Vinterberg

Starring Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp, Lasse Fogelstrøm

Genre Drama

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A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son’s custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.

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70

Variety by Boyd van Hoeij

Mikkelsen impresses here as a warm-hearted man who finds himself caught up in a situation way beyond his control.
75

Slant Magazine by Chuck Bowen

The film is in part an exceedingly black comedy that parodies proper society's eager, self-righteous naïveté on the subject of its children.
80

Empire by David Hughes

Beautifully performed and tough as nails, Vinterberg's social drama could not be any more timely.
90

The Hollywood Reporter by David Rooney

Propelled by Mads Mikkelsen’s shattering performance as the blameless man whose life threatens to be destroyed, the film is superbly acted by a cast that never strikes a false note or softens the impact with consolatory sentiment.
91

The Playlist by Jessica Kiang

For anyone with even a halfway developed sense of justice The Hunt may prove stressful, frustrating, even enraging, but it’s also an unbelievably effective watch, that, if nothing else signals an undeniable return to form for Vinterberg, and yet another blistering performance from Mikkelsen. See it, if only for the debates it will cause afterward.
80

The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

It is forthright, powerful, composed and directed with clarity and overwhelming force, yet capable of great subtlety and nuance.
100

The Telegraph by Robbie Collin

Mikkelsen, who is not given to sympathetic roles, has never been better. This is cinema that sinks its claws into your back.
88

McClatchy-Tribune News Service by Roger Moore

It’s a pretty conventional “Lifetime Original Movie” sort of story. But co-writer/director Thomas Vinterberg (“Dear Wendy”) makes it work by building a sense of frustrating unease into it all.

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