Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Reviewed by: Thomas Lee
    Sep 25, 2014
    100
    That Robyn succeeds reaching her geographic destination is hardly a surprise. But this movie is not driven by plot but rather the delicate emotional ballet performed so expertly by Wasikowska.
  2. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Sep 18, 2014
    100
    The desert trek in Tracks is as brutal as it is beautiful; the performance by Mia Wasikowska as raw as the reality. And the camels? If they don't steal your heart it must be stone-hinged.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Sep 18, 2014
    100
    The best part of Tracks — aside from the spectacular images, the succinct dialogue, the elegant filmmaking and the mysterious beauty of Mia Wasikowska's performance — is what's left unsaid.
  4. Reviewed by: Melissa Maerz
    Sep 10, 2014
    100
    What's on screen will leave you in a state of wonder. The sweeping cinematography surveys the cracked earth and Davidson's chapped skin with equal intensity, as if to remind us how vulnerable we puny mortals are.
  5. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Dec 5, 2013
    100
    Alternately haunting, inspiring and dreamily meditative, this is a visually majestic film of transfixing moods and textures.
  6. 90
    In the end, the point of this ridiculous, arduous, oft-interrupted odyssey turns out to be elusive — and is all the richer for it.
  7. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Dec 5, 2013
    90
    Anchored by a fine and flinty performance from Mia Wasikowska, director John Curran’s gorgeously rendered adventure saga succeeds not only in capturing the harshness and wild beauty of Davidson’s journey, but also in mapping a delicate interior pathway into the heart of this most atypical explorer.
  8. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Oct 3, 2014
    88
    Even with a voice-over narration, and conversations with her dog, Robyn's nomadic quest is full of grand silences, all the better to take in the sky, the rocks, the world spinning underfoot. Wasikowska plays this wordless wanderer just right. That is, she makes her real.
  9. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Sep 25, 2014
    88
    For all its simplicity, Tracks the movie is a poignant, deeply emotional story.
  10. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Sep 25, 2014
    88
    Add to those John Curran’s adaptation of Robyn Davidson’s autobiographical book “Tracks.” In it he presents a vision of nature that shimmers with uncanny beauty and eerie solitude, transcended by Mia Wasikowska in one of the best performances of the year.
  11. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Sep 25, 2014
    88
    Wasikowska is wonderful here, unaffected and affecting, but then she has long been a young actress conveying a rich and shadowy interior life on screen. She humanized the Tim Burton "Alice in Wonderland," so clearly she can do nearly anything.
  12. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    Sep 19, 2014
    88
    Whatever your movie plans, you miss Tracks at your aesthetic pleasure peril. It’s a truly outstanding cinema experience.
  13. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Sep 18, 2014
    88
    Though dialogue is kept to a minimum, the deeply felt, complex performance by Mia Wasikowska and the assured direction of John Curran render the film — based on a true story — a riveting adventure, as well as a dreamy meditative saga.
  14. Reviewed by: Jeff Baker
    Oct 3, 2014
    83
    Director John Curran is an American who has spent much of his career in Australia. I admired his movie "The Painted Veil" and think he captured the essence of Davidson's journey of discovery in Tracks.
  15. Reviewed by: Guy Lodge
    Sep 18, 2014
    83
    With the Outback desert a pretty indomitable (not to mention indomitably pretty) presence from the outset, Tracks seems a woman-versus-land story only until it emerges that the land is a reflection of the woman herself.
  16. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Sep 25, 2014
    80
    Ultimately it's Wasikowska's performance that captivates. It's oddly compelling — she doesn't say much, and what she does say is usually off-putting. But there is a fierceness in her eyes as she walks, a determination that almost dares you to look away.
  17. Reviewed by: Zachary Wigon
    Sep 16, 2014
    80
    The film’s strength derives from how Wasikowska makes Davidson’s seemingly suicidal wanderlust relatable.
  18. Reviewed by: Cath Clarke
    Apr 23, 2014
    80
    Tracks might be a bit slow for some, but it’s one of those films that quietly creeps up on you.
  19. Reviewed by: Ian Nathan
    Apr 21, 2014
    80
    However familiar the terrain, this is a vivid, heartbreaking and captivating character piece and travel movie in one, guided by an outstanding Wasikowska.
  20. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Dec 5, 2013
    80
    This is a simple and beautiful journey undertaken purely for its own sake, and approached in that spirit, Tracks will lead you to a place of quiet wonder.
  21. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Sep 18, 2014
    75
    Tracks is an exhilarating adventure that opens up an unknown world to most of us and does it so well that we feel we're living it too.
  22. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Sep 17, 2014
    75
    When it finally ended, I felt like I had traveled the distance in the next sleeping bag. It’s exhausting but exhilarating.
  23. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Sep 17, 2014
    75
    Curran (“The Painted Veil”) never imposes any additional structure on Davidson’s story, which may test the patience of some viewers. But I found the sprawling, wild visuals in Tracks, and the long silences as the sunburned Robyn traverses some of the world’s least hospitable lands, meditative and moving.
  24. Reviewed by: Oliver Lyttelton
    Dec 5, 2013
    75
    The film’s undoubtedly a gorgeous look at the Australian outback, but those looking for deeper nourishment will be left a touch disappointed.
  25. Reviewed by: William Goss
    Dec 5, 2013
    73
    While hardly insightful as a character study, Tracks can’t help but flourish as an Aussie travelogue, with cinematographer Mandy Walker doing justice to these vast and harsh environments.
  26. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Dec 5, 2013
    67
    Singled-handedly carrying the story to its inevitable conclusion, [Wasikowska] gives Tracks a level of depth that nothing else in the movie can provide.
  27. Reviewed by: David Lee Dallas
    Sep 15, 2014
    63
    The feminist bent of Robyn's quest nicely shadows the film without ever being stated aloud.
  28. Reviewed by: David Denby
    Sep 22, 2014
    60
    The memoir is strongly written, and I wish that the movie, directed by John Curran (Marion Nelson did the adaptation), had more excitement to it.
  29. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Sep 18, 2014
    60
    As it turns out, nothing else in Tracks matches the dramatic pow of a camel being relieved of his testes. Despite the otherworldly scenery and some predictable tragedy — Robyn can be maddeningly careless about the welfare of her animals — this proves to be a rather logy amble.
  30. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Sep 18, 2014
    60
    The scenery is stunning and the story compelling, but some viewers will find it easier to admire Tracks than to engage with this meditative tale of Robyn Davidson (played beautifully by Mia Wasikowska).
  31. Reviewed by: El Frankl
    Apr 24, 2014
    60
    It's in Wasikowska's confident performance alone that it's more gratifying to acknowledge any motives. The Australian actress appears to come of age in by far her most assured role, every bit believable as a tough but introverted city girl making her way in her country's Outback
  32. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Oct 1, 2014
    50
    To my mind, movies about watching nomads walk rank alongside movies about writers writing: The action is dull and endlessly repetitive, and most of the interesting stuff occurs in the mind’s interior.
  33. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Sep 21, 2014
    50
    Rendered in the over-polished, pre-packed prestige style of director John Curran (The Painted Veil, Stone), Davidson’s journey appears meaningless, little more than a succession of pretty vistas for the dirt-caked trekker to squint at while having flashbacks of her childhood.
  34. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Sep 19, 2014
    50
    Without the landscape or the heroine expressing themselves particularly sharply, Tracks is just a taciturn young woman wandering through the desert for months. In other words, a slog.
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Sep 25, 2014
    7
    Engaging, if not engrossing, true story of one woman's trek across 1700 miles of Australian desert with just 4 camels and a dog for company.Engaging, if not engrossing, true story of one woman's trek across 1700 miles of Australian desert with just 4 camels and a dog for company. The film leisurely draws you in to its slight but unusual story which is based on, first a national geographic article, and subsequently a book. For so little dramatic incident on show the film achieves much just to hold the interest of a seemingly foolhardy venture. To its credit it manages to produce some quite emotional moments along the way.
    Looking very much like a young Sissy Spacek, an ever improving Mia Wasikowska gives her best performance to date as the intrepid adventurer Robyn Davidson who did this for real in 1977.
    The film is lovingly photographed and full of beautiful imagery, like the shadow of a plane flying overhead, or a snake slithering across Wasikowska as she sleeps. But this is not beauty for beauty's sake as the film is also successful in emphasising the unforgiving nature of the Australian outback. It's just that it looks gorgeous doing it. The drama is also permeated by a haunting score which acts like the heart beat of the film.
    On the negative side there are a couple of incidents of animals being killed which may depict real life but is definitely not to my taste.
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