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83
What makes The Hunting Party an original, gonzo treat is the way that Shepard plants the movie's tone somewhere between hair-trigger investigative danger and the from-the-frying-pan-into-the-fire glee of a Hope/Crosby picture.
75
When a movie is a hybrid of this sort, it can be tough to strike just the right tone. Mostly, The Hunting Party manages.
75
Throw in some business with the CIA, add a small army of Serbian thugs and a mysterious Croatian beauty, and The Hunting Party picks up speed, careening through the forests where the Fox may or may not be hiding out. Whatever fate awaits, it can't be good. But it can be fun.
75
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
The Hunting Party does a good job of illustrating Winston Churchill's observation, "There is nothing more exhilarating than to be shot at without result."
70
The Hollywood Reporter
Writer-director Richard Shepard assembles all the elements for a dark suspense comedy only to lose his way in a surfeit of plot mechanics and unlikely behavior.
63
Everything about this political thriller is ridiculous.
63
Chicago Tribune
The title of The Hunting Party doesn't evoke much in particular. “War Correspondents Gone WILD!” would be more like it if the film itself--messy, but fairly stimulating--had more of the scamp in its soul.
50
Miami Herald
By the time the end credits roll, you're still not sure what kind of movie The Hunting Party is supposed to be, other than just queasy.
50
Shepard, who directed "The Matador" and the pilot for "Ugly Betty," can't quite get the disparate elements of The Hunting Party to mesh into a satisfying whole.
50
A dismal misfire that attempts to make black comedy out of the adventures of war correspondents and the dirty business of international politics.
25
A complete bust, but the ways in which it fails are interesting.

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