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  • Summary: After years of reckless behavior, a heroin addiction and the destruction of her marriage, Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) makes a rash decision. Haunted by memories of her mother Bobbi (Laura Dern) and with absolutely no experience, she sets out to hike more than a thousand miles on theAfter years of reckless behavior, a heroin addiction and the destruction of her marriage, Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) makes a rash decision. Haunted by memories of her mother Bobbi (Laura Dern) and with absolutely no experience, she sets out to hike more than a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail all on her own. [Fox Searchlight Pictures] Expand
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  1. Positive: 42 out of 47
  2. Negative: 0 out of 47
  1. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Dec 19, 2014
    100
    There are other movies out this year that are more technically ambitious than Wild (I'm thinking "Birdman.") There are others that are wider-reaching in scope and sheer audacity (the 12-years-in-the-making "Boyhood"). But there aren't any others that offer the power and profundity of Wild. This movie is a gift. It's also a journey.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Dec 2, 2014
    90
    Both the material and the setting seem to have shaken something loose in Witherspoon (who is also one of the movie's producers): She's moved further away from those uptight, humorless romantic-comedy cuties she played in the mid 2000s and more toward the breezy, blunt, self- determined characters of her early career.
  3. 88
    As he did with “The Dallas Buyers’ Club,” director Jean-Marc Vallée covers this inner and outer journey with a minimum of fuss. The flashbacks and their revelations, filling in the puzzle, are sparingly doled out. The stunning scenery Cheryl hikes through is barely noticed.
  4. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Sep 2, 2014
    80
    While Wild will surely be praised in the coming months for having a strong, well-written, flesh-and-blood female at its center, it’s to the film’s credit that it wears this badge of honor with a lightness that in no way undermines its sincerity.
  5. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Dec 7, 2014
    75
    While Cheryl's journey is interesting, it isn't as compelling as the one embarked upon by Christopher McCandless (Into the Wild). The most arresting aspect of Wild isn't Cheryl's perambulation along the 1000-mile long Pacific Crest Trail but the memories that percolate to the surface as flashbacks.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Dec 3, 2014
    75
    Under the keen-eyed direction of Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club), Wild emerges as an exciting, elemental adventure that takes you places you don't see coming.
  7. Reviewed by: Rodrigo Perez
    Sep 2, 2014
    42
    Wild never really earns its hard-fought struggle for redemption and personal reinvention.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 36
  2. Negative: 4 out of 36
  1. Feb 13, 2015
    10
    Reese Witherspoon gave the performance of her career, by bringing desperation, humor, loneliness, and plenty of sadness, in a tale of drugs,Reese Witherspoon gave the performance of her career, by bringing desperation, humor, loneliness, and plenty of sadness, in a tale of drugs, sex and lost. Expand
  2. Jan 2, 2015
    9
    This movie reminded me why I loved Reese Witherspoon on screen in Man in the Moon, Pleasantville, and Election. Her honesty, intelligence,This movie reminded me why I loved Reese Witherspoon on screen in Man in the Moon, Pleasantville, and Election. Her honesty, intelligence, and humor as an actress do justice to Cheryl Strayed's journey. In fact, there are two great performances in Wild. Laura Dern is wonderful as Strayed's mother, and the scenes with her and Witherspoon truly illustrate the close, loving bond between mother and daughter. It was great to watch a film in which the female lead was not yet another victim but someone who took charge of her life. Expand
  3. Dec 24, 2014
    8
    A very well made and often times heartfelt film. Director Jean-Marc Vallee once again delivers with another great film. While it didn't quiteA very well made and often times heartfelt film. Director Jean-Marc Vallee once again delivers with another great film. While it didn't quite live up to last year's Dallas Buyers Club for me, he still managed to make a genuine-feeling film full of life. The story was a little slow at times, but was easily made up for thanks to Reese Witherspoon's honest and soulful performance. Her Oscar buzz is very deserving and I have to agree with everyone else that it's her best performance since her Oscar win for 2005"s Walk the Line. I also really enjoyed Laura Dern, who also gave a worthwhile performance. Overall, while the story and pacing didn't quite live up to my expectations, it's Witherspoon's performance that made the film memorable for me and made it worth it in the end. Expand
  4. Feb 13, 2015
    6
    The true story of a woman walking the Pacific Crest Trail in order to find her way back to the woman her mother always thought she could be,The true story of a woman walking the Pacific Crest Trail in order to find her way back to the woman her mother always thought she could be, sounds like a hippy dippy 60's throwback that would try the patience of the average moviegoer. In actual fact it's a heart-warming character study of a woman trying to get het life back on track that works because of a standout performance from Witherspoon and a smart script from Nick Hornby. What the film does lack is a certain amount of dramatic weight, with the arduous journey passing with little incident, the characters past never seeming that terrible and her drug rehabilitation coming across as a little too easy. Expand
  5. Lyn
    Dec 26, 2014
    5
    I admired Cheryl Strayed's book very much -- the sheer harsh honesty of it. The movie does a pretty good job conveying the pain that drove herI admired Cheryl Strayed's book very much -- the sheer harsh honesty of it. The movie does a pretty good job conveying the pain that drove her to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, through some nicely done flashbacks. Still, I had a hard time with Witherspoon in the lead role (and she is on screen virtually every moment). Cheryl Strayed the author actually is attractive, but it's hard to make a "real person" out of Witherspoon's perky, porcelain-skinned perfection merely by mussing her hair. I would love to have seen what an actress like Saoirse Ronan might have done with the part. Expand
  6. Feb 2, 2015
    4
    Initially I had no interest in watching this movie until Reese Witherspoon was nominated for best actress, full disclosure I am not aInitially I had no interest in watching this movie until Reese Witherspoon was nominated for best actress, full disclosure I am not a Witherspoon fan, I think she is highly overrated. So as a big fan of the Oscars I make a point of seeing every nominated film with the thinking maybe she can pull off an Oscar winning performance. I did not agree her first Oscar was worthy.

    Not only is this a terrible movie, which makes me wonder how these kinds of films get made with uninteresting plots and characters. I did not care about this storyline or the characters, the trail hiking was mildly interesting but this film is so bad that any great actress could not have saved this film certainly not the overrated Reese Witherspoon!
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  7. Jan 4, 2015
    0
    One of the worst movies I have ever seen .Painfully slow and boring.I am surprised Ms Weitherspoon took on such a poor script.I go to theOne of the worst movies I have ever seen .Painfully slow and boring.I am surprised Ms Weitherspoon took on such a poor script.I go to the movies every Sunday for the last 40 years . Expand

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