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  • Summary: Charles (Daniels) accepts a ride from Lulu (Griffith) and finds himself on the road to her hometown. At her high school reunion they meet her ex-husband Ray Sinclair (Liotta) who wants her back.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
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  1. 100
    It has wit, originality, color, warmth and formal intelligence. It tempers its escapist dash with a touch of darkness, and for all of its playfulness, never departs from a fundamental seriousness.... Something Wild is superbly unpredictable. [7 Nov 1986]
  2. One of the year's most fascinating flicks.... Brilliant performances by Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith and a newcomer named Ray Liotta give sparkle, and shadows, to Something Wild. [7 Nov 1986]
  3. Demme finds haunting overtones in the somewhat old-hat situations of E. Max Frye's first screenplay. Something Wild also has three first-class performances: by Daniels, who seems to have resources that his earlier roles never touched; by electrifying newcomer Ray Liotta, and by Griffith as the maddening, mysterious Lulu. [6 Nov 1986]
  4. Reviewed by: Pat Graham
    80
    Jonathan Demme's picaresque joyride across the American landscape is still arguably the best thing he's ever done.
  5. Reviewed by: Paul Attanasio
    80
    But for the first time in a long while, this is a movie that lets Demme be Demme, and the result is a film that's more than enjoyable. It's a blast.
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    70
    Conceptually and stylistically compelling under Jonathan Demme's sometimes striking direction.
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    40
    The film causes no tremors, only a hemi-Demme-semiquaver.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jul 15, 2014
    10
    Something Wild is an eccentric comedy that has wonderful acting and surprises. The movie is very funny
    and the characters are well developed.
    This movie isn't well know but it is great, check it out if you
    haven't.
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