The Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic critic scores for The Hunt have been announced and they don’t look pretty.
On Rotten Tomatoes the film has a 53% rotten rating from 28 reviews. There are 14 fresh reviews and 14 rotten reviews. The average rating is 5.33 out of 10.
The film performs much worse when you just look at Top Critics. It has a 36% rotten rating from 11 reviews. The average rating from top critics is 4.5 out of 10. There are 4 fresh reviews and 7 rotten reviews.
Here’s what the critics are saying:
Mark Kennedy at the Associated Press gives the film a 2 out of 4. He writes, “”The Hunt” is not great satire or even a great film. It’s an unstylish and heavy-handed horror-thriller that turns into a revenge gore-fest as it mocks everyone with a big clumsy paw.”
Charles Bramesco at Little White Lies gives the movie a 1 out of 5. He writes, “All this hubbub, and for what.”
Michael Phillips at Chicago Tribune gives the film a 1.5 out of 4. He writes, “It’s a lame and weaselly thing, made strangely more frustrating by some excellent performers.”
Darren Franich at Entertainment Weekly gives the film a B+. He writes, “It’s a complicated form of 2016 catharsis, condemning recognizable pastiches of the left and the right. And yet, there’s a playful terror in its portrayal of people getting trapped by silly things they type.”
Sam Adams at Slate gives the film a rotten rating. He writes, “No one will see themselves in The Hunt, and only those inclined to ignorant caricature will fancy they recognize the others.”
Adrian Horton at The Guardian gives the film a 2 out of 5. He writes, “In making the worst stereotypes of America’s political poles as extreme as possible, and America’s divide as literal and violent as possible, The Hunt feigns a viewpoint rather than actually having one.”
Michael Roffman at Consequence of Sound gives the film a B-. He writes, “The Hunt is a total thrill ride, the exact kind of politically charged rollercoaster that Blumhouse has been trying to nail down to success for the past few months.”
Chris Evangelista at Slashfilm gives the film a 5 out of 10. He writes, “How can a film this violent be so toothless?”
Matt Donato at We Got This Covered gives the film an 8 out of 10. He writes, “The Hunt puts the “F-U” in midnight “fun” as no sides are safe in this middle-finger cultural roast that’s as loudly defiant as it is proudly blood-soaked.”
Aaron Neuwirth at We Live Entertainment gives the film a 7 out of 10. He writes, “The Hunt is the sort of film that relishes the opportunity to put on display how absurd people who take a cause to a maximum extreme to dangerous levels are.”
Jordan Farley at Total Film gives the film a 2 out of 5. Jordan writes, “There’s fun to be had in watching recognisable folk meet grisly ends, but as a political satire The Hunt is entirely toothless.”
On Metacritic, the critics’ Metascore sits at 51 from 17 reviews. It has 6 positive reviews, 8 mixed reviews, and 3 negative reviews.
Here’s what the Metacritic critics are saying:
William Bibbiani at TheWrap gives the film a 92. He writes, “Zobel’s film grapples directly with the political spectrum and uses everything we love and hate about each other as fodder for humor and horror.”
Donald Clarke at The Irish Times gives the film an 80. He writes, “Craig Zobel’s breathless film is stuffed with delicious jokes and eye-watering Tom-and-Jerry violence.”
Scott Collura at IGN gives the film an 80. He writes, “Director Zobel and writers Lindelof and Cuse, peering through the lens of social media hijinks and polarized politics, paint a ridiculous picture of how we’re all eating ourselves alive. That they do so in such a fun and absurdly bloody way makes The Hunt worth a retweet at the very least.”
Brian Truitt at USA Today gives the film a 75. He writes, “The Hunt is definitely controversial, but it’s an equal-opportunity offender that forgoes partisanship to poke bloody, gory fun at everybody.”
David Ehrlich at IndieWire gives the film a 67. He writes, “Combining the droll self-satisfaction of a New Yorker cartoon with the wet gore of an Eli Roth movie, Zobel’s tense, well-crafted, and deviant grindhouse take on the national temperature has no trouble caricaturing what ails us, but even that fun combo lacks the killer instinct required to see us more clearly than we see each other.”
Robbie Collin at The Telegraph gives the film a 60. He writes, “If Hollywood really is an elite liberal bubble, Damon Lindelof might just be the prick it needs.”
Todd McCarthy at The Hollywood Reporter gives the film a 60. He writes, “This action-drenched roller-coaster of a film tries to have its cake and eat it too when it comes to generating a tidal wave of violence — but it undeniably delivers the goods when it comes to action and impudence.”
Henry Stewart at Slant gives the film a 50. He writes, “The film was almost canceled for being too partisan, so it’s ironic to discover that it’s practically apolitical.”
Jesse Hassenger at Polygon gives the film a 50. Jesse writes, “The movie’s mock-jaundiced attitude toward social media is itself satirical, and there’s a germ of a funny idea about how principled liberals can get entangled in pointless social media battles and infighting. But it’s eclipsed by an unavoidably moneyed perspective that presumes privileged people are inherently liberal, rather than attacking the hypocrisy of rich liberals in particular.”
Jordan Raup at The Film Stage gives the film a 33. Jordan writes, “It’s the kind of escapist action film and politically-tinged revenge tale that could actually spark a discussion rather than the reaction one has after walking out of The Hunt: stunned silence at how filmmakers could so severely botch a satire in a moment when there is plenty of material to mine from. If nothing else, at least it is mercifully short.”
Johnny Oleksinski at the New York Post gives the film a 0. He writes, “There simply aren’t enough synonyms for “loathsome” to do the new movie The Hunt justice. Perhaps if we expand into other languages. C’est détestable! È ripugnante!”
What do you make of these critic reviews? Do you plan on seeing The Hunt this weekend?