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Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Drama . Adventure . Comedy

Ricky is a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues, and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together to survive.

Actors: Sam Neill , Julian Dennison , Rima Te Wiata , Rachel House , Rhys Darby , Oscar Kightley , Tioreore Ngatai-Melbourne , Troy Kingi , Cohen Holloway , Stan Walker
Directors: Taika Waititi
Release: 2016-03-31
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  • Dan Jolin

    A bit "Up," a bit "Moonrise Kingdom," a bit "Midnight Run," even… Taika Waititi’s latest is an oddball treat of a mismatched-buddy pursuit move.

    Empire Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    The photography is lush, the dialogue uproarious, and the crazy action sequences unforgettable.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    While Hunt For The Wilderpeople is very funny, what makes it stick is the way Waititi allows the relationship between Hec and Ricky to develop slowly, and how nimbly he sets the emotional stakes for both of the characters.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Long story short: Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a terrific movie and you should do whatever you can to see it.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Every once in a while, a small, unheralded film comes along, so smart and funny, such a pleasure to experience, you can't believe your luck. Hunt for the Wilderpeople is such a film.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • April Wolfe

    One of the most sincere and funny portraits of family life to come along in a while.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Edward Douglas

    The best thing the director has going for this one is the talented young actor playing Ricky Baker, as he constantly tries to emulate his tough "gangsta" heroes like Tupac Shakur. (He even names his dog "Tupac.")

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Tim Grierson

    Warmly funny and deeply delightful, Hunt For The Wilderpeople is a tale of two misfits told with such generosity of spirit and consistent good humour that it’s a pleasant surprise to discover how sneakily touching it is as well.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Miriam Di Nunzio

    The friendship that develops between Ricky and Hec is priceless; they are each other’s salvation, whether they realize it or not.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    Waititi’s film defies its convention through grounded characters, witty dialogue, compassionate filmmaking and inventive storytelling. Hunt for the Wilderpeople is consistently clever and even moving. It’s proof that we’ll keep listening to the familiar stories if they’re this well-told. Full Review
  • Barry Hertz

    Waititi (who’s also responsible for the best comedy of 2015, "What We Do in the Shadows," and will next tackle the third "Thor" film) executes a series of deft narrative U-turns, twisting the tale into 101 minutes of pure comic joy.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    A film that so perfectly reveals its characters both through the way they charge past calamity, and the way they subtly reflect their own pasts.

    The Verge Full Review
  • Michael Roffman

    Filmmaking this fresh, this vibrant, and this affecting for all ages is rare these days.

    Consequence of Sound Full Review
  • Tom Huddleston

    Overall this is an absolute pleasure. There are times when Waititi’s script borders on genius.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Kevin Harley

    Warm, witty, and occasionally wild, Waititi’s bush-bonding romp is a kind, generous-spirited winner.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Hunt for the Wilderpeople takes a troika of familiar story types — the plucky kid, the crusty geezer, the nurturing bosom — and strips them of cliché. Charming and funny, it is a drama masquerading as a comedy about an unloved boy whom nobody wants until someone says, Yes, I’ll love him.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Has its share of misfired jokes and pseudo-mythic sequences that semi-fizzle. All in all, though, it’s majestical nonsense that is anything but nonsensical.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Boyd van Hoeij

    [Waititi's] nimble adaptation here combines solid writing with an entire bag of filmmaking tricks that includes visual gags, unexpected cuts and quick montage sequences to score laughs from the get-go. He also cleverly exploits who these people are to get the audience in stitches.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Josh Kupecki

    What elevates this conventional tale is how Waititi tells it. With sharp, nimble humor, and one-liners that come a mile a minute, Wilderpeople is a sweet story told with biting wit and an editing style that keeps things going at a rapid pace.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • G. Allen Johnson

    Life in remote parts of New Zealand must forge hardy souls, judging from the characters in Hunt for the Wilderpeople.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Even when it dispenses with realism altogether, Hunt for the Wilderpeople conveys important truths about the will and sheer endurance it takes to make a family.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Tom Russo

    Polished? Not exactly. Poignant? Definitely.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Mike D'Angelo

    Works best when it straddles the same line between mild hostility and equally mild affection.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Sam Fragoso

    By extension of the film's unending niceness, Waititi has made a movie mired in the middle-ground, a terrain marred by the absence of innovation.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Jordan Raup

    Throughout his films, Waititi has always been skilled at melding comedy with trauma and crafting screenplays with crowdpleasing callbacks. Hunt for the Wilderpeople is another such example of amiable, kind-hearted storytelling.

    The Film Stage Full Review
  • Dennis Harvey

    For the most part, pic’s 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.

    Variety Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    The film is maddeningly uneven. Just as it starts to settle into an inspired groove, it uncorks a couple of gags that fall lethally flat, making for half of a great comedy.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Chuck Bowen

    It infuses an outdoorsy survival tale and a coming-of-age story of friendship with Taika Waititi's penchant for distaff flakiness.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Matthew Anderson

    Structured in a series of chapters, there is an element of picturebook, even fairytale, enchantment to Hunt for the Wilderpeople. It is easy to be swept up in the adventure of it all, and the comedy and light-heartedness make it eminently watchable but as one narrow escape leads to another, and another, things start to feel a little thin.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Nigel M Smith

    As the proceedings grow increasingly more far-fetched, the story starts to feel thinner, any semblance of reality increasingly abandoned. What keeps Hunt for the Wilderpeople afloat are the full-blooded characters that populate it.

    The Guardian Full Review
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