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The Hunted

action & adventure, drama, thrillers

An FBI deep-woods tracker captures a trained assassin who has made a sport of hunting humans.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
5 out of 5
0 out of 5
5 out of 5

An awful and graphically violent movie.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has brutal violence, including battle scenes. Characters are in intense peril and many are killed. Characters use strong language. Minority and female characters are strong, capable, and loyal and diverse characters clearly respect each other and work well together.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about whether L.T. feels responsible for Aaron. Should he have answered the letters or alerted the authorities to a problem? How do we train people to become killers and then expect them to go on with their lives? Is it possible to give someone like Aaron justice?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Although it is a rough ride, The Hunted is also an exciting one. But no tracking skills were needed to follow its well-traveled cinematic road.

- Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle, Friday, March 14, 2003

Fresh: 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,, Thursday, June 24, 2010


- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Audience Reviews

3 stars

William Friedkin's The Hunted is an action thriller that starts off well before the slow decline.There really isn't much in the way of surprise when it comes to the story, which is probably why a run time just below 90 minutes is appropriate. The concept of an expert survivor tracking another expert works well in the wilderness, but the thrills decrease when the plot decides to move things into a more urban setting.The violence is bloody and realistic. The same can be said about the close quarter combat that occurs. The Hunted isn't exactly loaded from start to finish with this stuff; however, there is enough to get by.Tommy Lee Jones is a solid selection and plays his role well. Benicio Del Toro's line delivery is a bit awkward which makes him seem like a miscast. Connie Nielsen fills in the rest of the film when it isn't on Jones or Del Toro.For what it is, The Hunted is a watchable 90 minute production. Not much more than that.

- skactopus, Sunday, December 9, 2012

4 stars

The Hunted is possibly one of the most overlooked films in recent history of cinema. This dark and even nightmarish action-thriller is up there among with William Friedkin's masterful Bug as his best film to date. Still some mysterious reason it has never gained the reputation or the audience which it truly deserves. It is possible that many people see this nothing more than a simple chase film, but underneath it's surface is a deeply psychological study about us humans and our animal side. Once again Friedkin dives headlong into his main characters psyche and takes us disturbingly close to a man whose rationality and mental state has gone all topsy turvy because of the horrors he has witnessed while doing a military operation in Serbia. Friedkin has always had a unique sense of telling his stories. No matter how ordinary the screenplay might be, he has always injected something of his own into those stories. I cannot exactly say what that something is but it is somekind of a extremely grim tone which seems to follow his every film. One of this great film's biggest strenghts is it's visual mastery and cinematographer Caleb Deschanel does wonders with his camera. There is for example this breathtaking chase set-piece through downtown and a climax which must be one of the most furious showdowns between two men ever put on a celluloid. Friedkin injects his bloody and dark tone into these action scenes and turns them into something we have never seen before. I must also mention that it is great to see that Friedkin has had patience to make duels between his main characters extremely authentic and raw. These are not just some ordinary fist fights, these confrontations actually feel real and messy. Extra kudos goes for Brian Tyler's dynamic score which fits perfectly into this film's mood. For people who like action films or psychological thrillers The Hunted is a must see. Seek this underrated gem out and see it immediatly.

- emilkakko, Saturday, October 6, 2012

3 stars

The Hunted is an exciting action film that delivers. Directed by William Friedkin, The Hunted is a thrill a minute action film. I really don't get the bad rep the film has received. The film is very enjoyable, and if you love a good action film with a strong cast, then this is a must see film. The film may not be perfect, and the plot may suffer st times, but Friedkin's directing keeps the film interesting. Benicio Del Toro is great here, and this is yet another strong performance. The Hunted is pure mindless fun, sure the plot at times is uneven, but the acting and the action delivery makes up for it. This isn't the film the best that Friedkin has directed, but this is still a good effort nonetheless. The actors make the film better than it is, and it's always exciting to see Benicio Del Toro and Toimmy Lee Jones go head to head. Friedkin's directing is immaculate and though the plot is weak at times, the performances alone make the film worth watching. I was very much entertained by the film, and thought that despite its imperfections, it was very entertaining with good thrills and good action, and above all, good acting. Overall there is is plenty of good talented actor here to keep you interested from start to finish, and though it's nothing new, it's always fun to watch. If you're looking for a mindless actioner with good directing and a good plot, this mis a good enough film for you to see.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Tuesday, January 10, 2012