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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
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  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: 25 out of 46
  2. Negative: 7 out of 46
  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. Mar 31, 2015
    9
    I was wild about this movie -- great acting, great cinematography, and an interesting story. Regarding the acting, Reese Witherspoon shouldI was wild about this movie -- great acting, great cinematography, and an interesting story. Regarding the acting, Reese Witherspoon should have taken away the Oscar for her role here instead of Patricia Arquette as it was one of the best performances in her career. 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. May 29, 2015
    6
    After consummating “McConaissance” in DALLAS BUYERS CLUB (2013), Jean-Marc Vallée’s next step is another star-vehicle biography, ReeseAfter consummating “McConaissance” in DALLAS BUYERS CLUB (2013), Jean-Marc Vallée’s next step is another star-vehicle biography, Reese Witherspoon plays Cheryl Strayed, a young woman embarked on a 2,650-mile hike of Pacific Crest Trail from Minneapolis, Minnesota to the Bridge of the Gods connecting Oregon and Washington in 1995. The aim of her journey is to detoxicate herself from her past bad habits of promiscuity and heroin addiction which had encroached her entire life after the untimely death of her mother Bobbi (Dern) and had already destroyed her marriage with Paul (Sadoski).

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  5. Dec 28, 2014
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I usually judge movies on the takeaway - the message - of it all. What strikes a chord here? What can I apply to my everyday life?

    Did not read the book, so no bias either way.
    In this movie, I was left a bit disappointed, the message was sort-of there around the second act, but then vanished in the third. (First act being beginning to fox discovery, second act being fox to Crater lake, third being Crater Lake until finish).
    Great scenery and lots of characters (most creepy guys pursuing her - which seemed a bit much). From hiking experience, there could have been less of the people and more of the solitude (because 99% you are by yourself - in the moment hiking alone, working toward the goal).
    It started to be about resolution, moving on from destructive attitudes and behaviors that were ruining her life, but then she doesn't really get over Paul (ex-husband) and Bobby (her mother) in the end.

    In summary, worth a rent. If you like movies about self-discovery (closest here is Eat, Pray, Love) and don't mind the nudity (there are few instances smattered throughout), it is a good film with great scenery.
    The message gets lost here, wish it would have been a resounding "I will change, I'm moving on" but I was not left with that message.
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  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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