• PG-13, 1 hr. 38 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Nick Moore
    In Theaters:
    Aug 14, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Nov 17, 2009
  • Universal Pictures


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Wild Child Reviews

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Fionnuala Halligan
Screen International

A project broad-based enough to make tween competitor Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging feel arthouse.

Full Review Source: Screen International

October 18, 2008
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies

Unless you're fourteen and female, look away now. There's absolutely nothing for you here.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 2/5

August 15, 2008

The sort of film that real too-cool-for-school teens wouldn't be seen dead watching, Wild Child is aimed at those younger than its protagonists. Loud and obnoxious, like its lead character, it deserves to be expelled.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 1/5

August 15, 2008
Anthony Quinn

On balance, gouging one's eyeballs with a chopstick would be more fun than watching this crummy tween comedy about a Californian princess.

Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 1/5

August 15, 2008
Martin Hoyle
Financial Times

The types are such extremes that the partisans in the audience will continue to hate American brats and English snobs respectively, rapprochement between two sets of caricatures seeming unlikely.

Full Review Source: Financial Times

August 15, 2008
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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This celebration of mid-Atlantic compromise is one for the youngest and most forgiving of teenage girls.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/6

August 15, 2008
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)

The screenplay by Lucy Dahl (daughter of Roald) dwells unpleasantly on cruelty and humiliation, and finally Poppy does little more than exchange one form of snobbery for another.

Full Review Source: The Age (Australia) | Original Score: 2/4

September 19, 2008
David Gritten
Daily Telegraph

A tweenie comedy with an uplifting American-style sports movie awkwardly bolted on, it's a mess - far inferior to the recent Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph

August 15, 2008
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]

It's Mean Girls meets Malory Towers and as such it's strictly for a tween girl audience.

Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

August 15, 2008
Matthew Leyland
Total Film

Shame on Iggy Pop for letting them (ab)use his anarchy-anthem 'Real Wild Child' in a girls'-own flick that is so paltry it makes the recent St Trinians addition look like Picnic At Hanging Rock.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 2/5

August 15, 2008
Anna Smith
Empire Magazine

Clumsy direction means most jokes fall flatter than the paper-thin plot.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

August 15, 2008
Peter Bradshaw

All amiable enough, but still a bit tame compared to, say, Clueless, or Lindsay Lohan's Freaky Friday remake.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 2/5

August 15, 2008
Derek Malcolm
This is London

It may be manna for teen girls but any kind of critical eye will find it about as convincingly made as the last St Trinian's movie. It is played, though, with lively abandon.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 2/5

August 15, 2008

Sun Online

WILD? More like mild, unless you think short skirts and "horse face" put-downs are outrageous.

Full Review Source: Sun Online | Original Score: 2/5

August 15, 2008
Coco Forsythe
Future Movies UK

Full Review Source: Future Movies UK | Original Score: 7/10

August 14, 2008
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

The film has an energy and honesty about it: it's lively, funny and smart and the characters are appealing

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

September 13, 2008
Brian Orndorf

A slight but tart teen comedy, Child carries some surprising bite, subverting the norm with a fine British cast helping to sell the pixy stick fantasy, buttressed by Roberts's refreshing angry streak.

Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com | Original Score: B-

December 7, 2009
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Bright and silly, with just enough wit and intelligence to make it watchable, this British-American teen comedy doesn't break much new ground, but is pretty entertaining while it lasts.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 15, 2008
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

Mildly entertaining and utterly innocuous...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 23, 2009
Matthew Turner

Despite a shaky start, Wild Child is actually a surprisingly entertaining teen flick, thanks to likeable performances and a script that highlights the importance of friendship. Worth seeing.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 3/5

August 15, 2008
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

Irish Times

October 18, 2008
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