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1,215 Ratings


Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée
United States, 2014
Biography, Drama


A chronicle of one woman’s 1,100-mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent catastrophe.

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Wild Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2015 | 2 nominations including: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Village Voice Film Poll

2014 | 2 nominations including: Best Actress

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2014 | 2 nominations including: Best Lead Actress

BAFTA Awards

2015 | Nominee: Best Leading Actress

Any hint of capturing the true quicksilver quality of interior monologue is kiboshed by parcelling out her backstory in neat sequential gobbets as she ventures along the path. Of course, we feel her isolation, her understandable wariness about being a lone woman fearful of male sexual predators, but the film lacks the aesthetic courage to render the open-air duration which might allow us communion with her feat of endurance.
January 15, 2015
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The hike is meant to enlighten, purify, and, to a large extent, punish her — to break her down and build her up. The movie works because it makes you feel that this trek is both taking its toll and rejuvenating Strayed. What’s important is that this isn’t a movie about some woman from the luxury classes coming down from the mountain. It’s a woman with no money and no plan B daring to scale the mountain. The risk is total.
December 05, 2014
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Vallée’s film is tasteless. He has no gift for framing, timing, movement, or the choreography of actors, and his sense of performance runs toward the obvious, toward the easy scoring of simple and unequivocal emotion. That may be why he’s an Oscar-maker. Witherspoon is a fine actress who, here, never seems to cut loose—either from the overly limiting script or from Vallée’s monotonous direction.
December 05, 2014
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