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About the Movie
Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec, and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush. As a national manhunt ensues, the newly branded outlaws must face their options: go out in a blaze of glory or overcome their differences and survive as a family. Equal parts road comedy and rousing adventure story, director Taika Waititi (WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, upcoming THOR: RAGNORAK) masterfully weaves lively humor with emotionally honest performances by Sam Neill and Julian Dennison.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 169
- Fresh: 164
- Rotten: 5
- Average Rating: 7.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: [Its] sheer good-naturedness pulls off a not particularly inspired crusty-old-coot-thawed-by-young-scamp concept, maintaining an agreeable tonal balance despite occasional wobbles between spoof, sentimentality and silliness.
Fresh: "Hunt for the Wilderpeople" has much to recommend it, but none of it would work unless Hec and Ricky are believable and have chemistry. Fortunately, they do.
Fresh: A lopsided gem full of off-kilter humor, hard truths and real emotion. Great for preteens and up.
Fresh: Hunt for the Wilderpeople is all about life-changing moments and the people who are the catalysts. It's about learning from those around you, regardless of age or circumstance.
This movie was purely enchanting. Hilarious and heartbreaking. Sweet and offensive. You'll be happy you spent the time with this one.
Hilarious with a Heart
While WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS was one of my favorite movies of last year, HUNT is a whole different affair altogether. This showcases the maturity of Waititi as a Director and gives me faith that his gig on THOR 3 was a really smart choice by Marvel. HUNT harkens back to those classic summer adventure comedies from the 80's and 90's -- it's hilarious, rooted in reality, with amazing performances by Sam Neill and Julian Dennison. You'll notice yourself smiling throughout. It's a geniuine keeper!