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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 the Pacific Crest Trail all on her own. [Fox Searchlight Pictures] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Gregory Ellwood
    Sep 2, 2014
    Witherspoon is so good many will argue this is the best performance of her career.
  2. Reviewed by: James Rocchi
    Sep 2, 2014
    Heartfelt and haunting, sympathetic while still aware of the limits of sympathy, Wild incorporates beautiful direction, smart writing and brave acting.
  3. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Sep 2, 2014
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    Sep 2, 2014
    Vallee’s latest offering is alternately harrowing and heartbreaking, but laced with saving bursts of humor.
  5. Reviewed by: Henry Barnes
    Sep 10, 2014
    Vallée, in collaboration with screenwriter Nick Hornby, gives the film its energy by pulling the narrative apart. They create a two-hour hallucinatory montage of the hike and Cheryl's back story that's wound together with the songs, phrases and poetry that she recited to herself as she walked.
  6. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Sep 2, 2014
    Witherspoon excels as a committed figure battling through each rough day. So long as the action remains on the trail, Vallée stages an engaging survivalist tale that plays up the resolve on Witherspoon's face, complemented with the rich visuals of an expansive landscape.
  7. Reviewed by: Rodrigo Perez
    Sep 2, 2014
    Wild never really earns its hard-fought struggle for redemption and personal reinvention.

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