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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: 40 out of 45
  2. Negative: 0 out of 45
  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: Kimberley Jones
    Dec 10, 2014
    78
    Wild lands some hard punches, but it can’t sustain the impact. Some of that lies in its inherited arc: Strayed found some peace – the whole point of the trek – but arriving-at-peace is less provocative than the struggle, at least in a movie.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Dec 4, 2014
    75
    Too much of Wild is broken up by flashbacks that tend to dissipate rather than enhance Strayed’s trek. At times she is swallowed up almost to the point of vanishing by the immensity of the vistas.
  6. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Dec 3, 2014
    75
    Laura Dern — only nine years older than Witherspoon’s fresh-faced 38 — could also net a Best Supporting Actress nod for her outstanding work as Cheryl’s spunky and nurturing mothe.
  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: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Dec 20, 2014
    9
    This is Resse Witherspoon at her best. Despite the fact that Witherspoon spends most of the movie without traditional make-up her personalityThis is Resse Witherspoon at her best. Despite the fact that Witherspoon spends most of the movie without traditional make-up her personality shines through. The majority of the scenes involve Witherspoon by herself so if you didn’t like Gravity because the film centered on Sandra Bullock then you may not like this flick either. The movie is based on the true story of Cheryl Strayed, a woman unable to cope with her own life. Weighed down with frustration and grief from the death of her sweet, but white trash, mother (Laura Dern) and unable to connect emotionally with her nice guy husband Paul (Thomas Sadoski), her only release comes from engaging in some seriously self-destructive behavior. But, Paul ultimately her leaves her for her infidelities and she realizes that she’s no longer in control (not that she ever was) and that she’s allowed her life to spiral down dangerously close to the edge of the abyss. She tries cut-rate psycho-therapy for about 5 minute before giving up. When the therapist asks why she does the things she does, she responds by saying, the only time life doesn’t hurt like sh*t is when I’m fuc*ing someone or shooting up. As an act of desperation, and despite the fact that she has no backpacking experience, she leaves home (Minneapolis) to hike the 1,100 mile Pacific Crest Trail - which runs from the Mojave Desert in California to Washington State - by herself. The movie is about her trek. The movie has a grittiness and real-life feel to it. The only odd moment occurs in the closing scene where, despite the fact that the journey proves to be her salvation, Cheryl tries to embrace her past rather than renounce it and claims that she doesn’t seek or need forgiveness or redemption. It’s a prideful “broken but unbowed” final speech, which I found interesting given that her survival appears to be founded as much on luck and the kindness of strangers as it is on her own inner strength. But, despite Cheryl’s lack of humility, you still feel good that she makes it through both the Pacific wilderness and her own personal wilderness and through to other side. Stay and watch the credits for some interesting photographs of the real Cheryl. Expand
  2. Dec 3, 2014
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. " Eu posso desistir a qualquer momento"

    Sempre temos momentos que queremos esquecer todos os problemas, descobrir o eu interior,e refletir sobre as coisas ruins que a vida nos trás, mas o que podemos fazer para resolver isso? Existe uma maneira de fazer isso, simplesmente pegue uma mochila (uma mega mochila) e saia andando pela PCT (Pacific Crest Trail), é exatamente isso que Cheryl Strayed faz.

    Cheryl Strayed não é uma simples personagem criada para um filme, ela realmente existe e tem uma fantástica e inspiradora história de vida que é incrivelmente bem representada no filme de Jean-Marc Vallée (diretor de Clube De Compras Dallas que foi vencedor de três oscars).

    Já conseguimos chamar Jean-Marc Vallée de um digno diretor, agora em assunção, que sabe muito, MUITO bem dirigir “seus” atores e que conta com um ótimo roteiro e uma grande equipe de edição (o filme tem uma interessante edição que faz uma viagem entre o passado e presente de uma maneira espetacular).

    Reese Witherspoon vive, literalmente vive Cheryl Strayed com a sua intensa atuação cheia de pensamentos e expressões o que já a coloca na corrida dos oscars; Cheryl sempre teve dificuldades na vida, na infância sofria ao ver seu pai bater na sua mãe Bobbi interpretada por Laura Dern (também com uma bela performance), na adolescência estudou na mesma faculdade que sua mãe o que honestamente não é o mais agradável, porém Cheryl gostava, pois afinal Bobbi é um exemplo, sempre estava cantando mesmo com problemas financeiros sobre a mesa, ela anda a cavalo (o que é incrível) e ainda tem forças para suportar seus outros problemas que são os de saúde e que na verdade no final são mais fortes do que Bobbi... Assim após sua morte Cheryl perde a cabeça e começa a apelar para o irracional, ela usa heroína e transa com qualquer homem que vê pela frente, mas um detalhe Cheryl é casada a sete anos ou pelo menos era, por que o divorcio surgiu como a melhor opção; portanto o que uma mulher viciada em drogas com problemas sexuais/financeiros e ainda por cima divorciada faz?

    Volte ao começo do texto, ser livre e selvagem é a melhor opção, Cheryl escolhe sair andando pelo PCT ( lembrando: isso é uma historia real)

    Um combate entre a superação vs desejos e a luta contra o passado a partir da reflexão da individualidade e do silêncio são os desafios de Cheryl em sua insana caminhada de 2000 km, mas isso é construído no filme de forma brilhante, cativante e emocionante em meio de belas paisagens e uma forte trilha sonora que nos trás a memória de Bobbi, a falecida mãe, deste modo concebendo um grandioso, inspirador e formidável filme que fará você rir em certos momentos realmente hilários e divertidos (as vezes apelativo),e que ira martelar na sua cabeça por um bom tempo e certamente te incentivará a sair andando loucamente em busca de uma trilha.
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  3. Dec 25, 2014
    8
    Reese Witherspoon plays Cheryl Strayed, who wrote the book about her 1000+ mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail in an attempt to reverse herReese Witherspoon plays Cheryl Strayed, who wrote the book about her 1000+ mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail in an attempt to reverse her disastrous life (including a ruined marriage and heroin addiction). The movie alternates between numerous outdoor challenges and reflections on her past. It works on both levels and is absorbingly told by director Jean-Marc Vallée ("Dallas Buyers Club"). The scenery is expectedly lovely and the complex sound design adds an almost trippy layer to her journey. This double-edged "adventure" is continually compelling, but not as emotionally rewarding as you'd expect. NOTE: Look for the real Strayed in an early cameo as she drops her movie star version off from a truck. Expand
  4. Dec 24, 2014
    7
    An okay movie. Far from great, or even particularly intelligent. Just the ultimate Sixties feminist cliche tale of "finding myself," "lovingAn okay movie. Far from great, or even particularly intelligent. Just the ultimate Sixties feminist cliche tale of "finding myself," "loving myself," and "affirming all the dumb, sleazy things I did" because "I gotta be me" and "without ALL I've done I wouldn't be the wonderful woman I now am," etc., etc. Compare the skills and brains involved in a really good movie like Force Majeure with the level of intelligence and art in Wild. No contest. Witherspoon and everyone else is "good," but trite, since all the roles are trite themselves. Hornby did the best he could with the material he was given, but that material itself is the core problem with this film--the trite vision of Strayed herself. Her book was like a machine for great sales to female book clubs, the people who centrally determine best sellers in America, because it seems a little "edgy" in their context, but is finally very flattering in an "I am woman!" and so are you way. Expand
  5. Dec 25, 2014
    5
    This film is all hype and no delivery. Instead of focusing on the demons that necessitated the hike, we focus on the hike which is purelyThis film is all hype and no delivery. Instead of focusing on the demons that necessitated the hike, we focus on the hike which is purely bland material. You can predict everything that will happen on the hike and it is rather boring except for the scenery. The film need more of the flashbacks that explored the demons not prissy Reese hiking up the trail. This is not a daring or breakout film as advertised. We were sold a bill of goods on this. Expand
  6. Dec 8, 2014
    5
    Wild: It's almost impossible not to compare this film to Into the Wild from a few years ago. I loved Into the Wild. I found myself very drawnWild: It's almost impossible not to compare this film to Into the Wild from a few years ago. I loved Into the Wild. I found myself very drawn to the central character in the film. Wild, unfortunately not so much. I don't know why. Films are subjective. I can only tell you why I think I couldn't get myself into the film: Reese Witherspoon is a great actress. She proved it in Walk the Line, Election, and even Legally Blonde. Unfortunately, she was too Reese Witherspoon (in my opinion) the hollywood star in Wild. I didn't see the character Cheryl Strayed. I saw Reese Witherspoon throughout the film. Nothing personal as I still think Reese is a great actress, just didn't anything for me in this film. Expand
  7. Dec 13, 2014
    1
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Horrible movie, this is NOT about hiking or redemption. As someone who leads people in the wilderness and vision quests, this movie is a hollywood movie about a (SPOILER ALERT) junky, sex addict who runs away from the world when she doesn't like herself after her mother passes. Of course, as would happen on a hike of any length, memories come up for her and, as she is on the PCT as a solo woman, dangers of men who might rape her come up (I found this sideline a bit abusive after a while - how many of these experiences are necessary for her? - seriously, one was enough).

    This could have been an amazing movie, instead, it felt contrived, focused on the addict instead of the hiking with only glimpses of the true breadth of experience someone who hikes that long would have. Also, throughout the movie it's claimed she had NO EXPERIENCE, yet she had packages sent at every break and had the trail mapped out and yes, she overpacked a pack but to think that she could hike with a pack she could barely lift for even 5 miles - totally crazy. No one could have hiked that far with a pack they can hardly lift. Come on now. It's these sorts of over the top scenes that made me go 'seriously'?

    On a personal note, I also lost my mom and went hiking after to clear my head, recall the memories, etc. A beautiful aspect of this movie could have been her talking to her mother by the fire at night or doing a ritual for her in the woods. Also, for those who don't understand the concept of power animals (the fox) there should have been more about that. I teach shamanism, to just have an animal show up a few times with no reasoning for those new to this, seemed a childish stunt when it's a true practice. Lastly, the end of the movie, really? all the sudden she goes into this speech to wrap up that felt totally out of the space for the movie. There was no build up, just suddenly she's like a buddha because she finishes the trail. Totally unrealistic, especially based on her behaviors and the rest of the movie. Contrived junk, sad, so sad, this could have been so goo.
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