Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  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. 88
    Something Wild is quite a movie. Demme is a master of finding the bizarre in the ordinary.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    With a screenplay from first-time screenwriter E. Max Frye and superior performances from his principal cast, Demme has created a unique and likable film.
  6. Demme not only gives the script's nuttiness its due, he adds to it by filling the frame in virtually every scene with silliness - a motorcycle- riding dog, a harpsichordist, a man wearing a T-shirt that reads, "I don't love you since you ate my dog." [7 Nov 1986]
  7. Reviewed by: Pat Graham
    Jonathan Demme's picaresque joyride across the American landscape is still arguably the best thing he's ever done.
  8. Reviewed by: Paul Attanasio
    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.
  9. Besides engineering top-notch performances from his actors, Mr. Demme also put together a soundtrack that enhances the movie's marvelous, quirky rhythms. He keeps you hooked into this unpredictable, pleasurable picture right through the closing credits. [6 Nov 1986]
  10. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    Conceptually and stylistically compelling under Jonathan Demme's sometimes striking direction.
  11. 60
    Despite the quirky trappings, Something Wild is often as tame as its star couple.
  12. Reviewed by: Michael Blowen
    After an hour of biting charm, Something Wild turns into something else. In a twist that turns the movie into a silly story of violence, Demme surrenders his style to a stupid plot. [7 Nov 1986]
  13. Something Wild is often "Something Wrong."
  14. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    The film causes no tremors, only a hemi-Demme-semiquaver.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jul 15, 2014
    Something Wild is an eccentric comedy that has wonderful acting and surprises. The movie is very funny
    and the characters are well developed.
    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
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