(# of sentences/phrases trimmed from the original review in what follows: not as many as you might think.)
"Hunger, the first film by British fine artist Steve McQueen..."
"...really a series of startling kinetic-art panels."
"There hasn't been a cinema/art project this outrageous since Peter Greenaway confused big-screen and art-gallery media in The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1987)."
"McQueen-the-artiste gives himself the luxury of detachment..."
"...he looks at cruelty (prisoner degeneracy, antagonistic authority) and makes gestures at spirtuality, all with an art-major's moral indifference."
"You could use art-major terms like 'transgressive' and 'body-conscious' to justify McQueen's aesthetic..."
"But the fact remains: Hunger is tough to watch. It merely rewards one's art-snobbery and can only be excused as a series of art postures."
"If McQueen is to be praised as a genuine moviemaker, it can only be in the art school terms that critics denied to [Mel] Gibson's [The] Passion [of the Christ]."
"Instead of professing faith, McQueen plays art-school games."
"It's what art students understand as jouissance (combining sexual and spiritual pleasure). This does nothing to enhance one's understanding of the Irish troubles."
"McQueen offers the transformation of spirituality into Art, whereas Mel Gibson [stop laughing—md'a] did the extraordinary, Dreyer-like opposite."
"Hunger resembles Carlos Reygadas' sub-Dreyer Stellet Licht—a self congratulatory [all together now!—md'a] art project."
"Also, when I was six years old the Rhode Island School of Design killed my cat."