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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: 29 out of 51
  2. Negative: 8 out of 51
  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. 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. Mar 10, 2015
    8
    Cheryl Strayed: "I have only another 300 miles left to walk. I'm desperate for it to be over. I'm terrified too. When I'm done, I'll only haveCheryl Strayed: "I have only another 300 miles left to walk. I'm desperate for it to be over. I'm terrified too. When I'm done, I'll only have two dimes to my name, but I'll have to start living. I'm nowhere near ready."

    The story is about Cheryl Strayed has she lost all hope. After years of reckless, destructive behavior, she makes a rash decision. With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. WILD powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her.

    Well since it's award season and a lot of award worthy movies are coming (Really fast, I mean my lord there's loads) and this movie is nominated for some as well. Wild is directed by the same guy who made the best movie of 2013 (In my opinion) Dallas Buyers Club that's the movie and while I think that film is one of his best, Wild comes second in mind because Wild is pretty damn good film.

    Reese Witherspoon like always gives her best in any movie and in this there's no difference, in this movie she pulls off a smooth, charming and her best performance in her career. To those who think that Reese Witherspoon character in this film is all Hollywood and perfect and hot looking in this, actually no, he character get's dirty, her damn toe nails comes bleeding off in such a brutal way and that's what I like about that, because the movie shows that when you go off for a very long and I do mean long hike you don't come out of it with no scratch on you and this movie shows that. Witherspoon is one of those actress that I liked from the very beginning and I'm talking about right at the start of her movies, and still today she still gives and great and well Oscar worthy performances. Yeah she did some bad movie has well, but these good ones as well and this is one of them.

    The directing from Jean-Marc Vallee was super spot on, I mean this guy can really direct a story telling movie just like Buyers Club. Good work Jean- Marc Vallee.

    For nick picks that I have for the movie I have some like: The movie doesn't tell you much about her character and normally I like those kind of things where as a viewer myself can peace the puzzle myself to know her character, but if your going to do that it really takes brilliant writing to pull that off and don't get me wrong I'm not saying that the writing is god awful or anything like that, but what I'm trying to say is that movie kept to much away from her character so to be honest at times I didn't know what she was doing at times and the movie wants me to connect to that but I don't know why she did because I don't know much of her. But then later on all the answers came flooding in and that's when I finally got it.

    Wild overall has great performances from Witherspoon and Laura Dern, the cinematography is so gorgeous to look at in this movie and the directing has I said before was done extremely good. Wild may not be your type of film and that's fine, but for me I thought it was pretty well made.
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  4. Dec 28, 2014
    6
    This movie is based on a popular auto-biographical book with the same name written by Cheryl Strayed. After her mother got cancer and passedThis movie is based on a popular auto-biographical book with the same name written by Cheryl Strayed. After her mother got cancer and passed away at 45, Cheryl got depressed and her life was in downward spiral – cheating on and divorcing her devoted and loving husband, sleeping around, using drugs etc. Whether she was thinking how to extricate herself from this predicament, or not, but one day she bought a book “Hiking the PCT trail” and decided to do it, without prior experience, ALONE.

    You put yourself in a physically demanding situation day after day, and it will clear your mind and clean your soul.

    As she comes to the end of her 1,000 miles journey, she is ready to start a new life. It might sound trite, but anybody who’s ever hiked a long distance will attest that this is true – the healing power of the beauty of the surroundings, of the camaraderie with other hikers, and of the clear goal.

    Reese Witherspoon does a nice job playing Cheryl, cinematography is quite decent, but I think the movie focused too much on what brought Cheryl to the sorry state of her situation, and not why the long and exhausting journey helped. Maybe because there were too many flashbacks of Cheryl's life, and it to some extend ruined the flow of the movie.
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  5. Feb 6, 2015
    5
    I thought this film was really quite average and that kinda saddened me. Reese Witherspoon wasn't too bad in it but i don't know if it wasI thought this film was really quite average and that kinda saddened me. Reese Witherspoon wasn't too bad in it but i don't know if it was oscar nomination worthy, however i haven't seen too many other leading actress movies. Witherspoons character basically goes out on a (about) 1000 mile long trail to walk and i suppose clear her head and get things straight: or perhaps also enlighten herself. The thing that makes this film average is that she doesn't really look like she accomplishes/gains anything, and that makes it a kind of dissatisfying watch. For this i would give it a bad score but instead i'm giving it an average score as i find some of the direction in it very well done and i enjoyed the support roles too. Conparing this to "Into the Wild", this one is to give a pass as there is no sense of her gaining or accomplishing anything, whereas in "Into the Wild" the guy in it (SPOILER FOR INTO THE WILD) ends up dying and still seems to achieve and realise more. This was a pretty average film overall. Expand
  6. Dec 25, 2014
    4
    It's a testimony to how bad movies have become that the allegedly good movies are so bad. This is Reese Witherspoon walking 1,000 milesIt's a testimony to how bad movies have become that the allegedly good movies are so bad. This is Reese Witherspoon walking 1,000 miles without changing expressions except when she loses a toe nail. It's a text book example of one way not to use FLASHBACKS - trying to build drama in the past because you can't make the effort to build any in the present. There's no real drama or conflict with anyone she meets or anything she does in the present. It's a solid "C minus" in the pantheon of great hiking movies. If you want to see how this should be done, watch Sean Penn's marvelous "Into the Wild" where one actually cares about the whacky guy who gives up everything for - the Wild. Wild, this isn't: MILD would be a much more appropriate title. Expand
  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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