Into the Wild Reviews

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JimmyO
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
April 5, 2011

Every once in awhile, a movie will come outta nowhere and blow your socks off.

Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
March 27, 2011

Crafting his meditation on the men who answer the call of the wild, Sean Penn's adaptation is heavy on mood and ambiance but sadly lacking in depth, giving up on the wider comparisons to focus fully on McCandless, who may not be up to the scrutiny.

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Jeff Otto
ReelzChannel.com
February 9, 2011

It's a bit heavy-handed, but ultimately a rewarding watch.

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
September 23, 2010

Even in its harrowing final moments, it reaches a spiritually transcendent pinnacle - the idea of ending one long, strange trip and plummeting into an even-greater unknown with both fear and elation. A stirring American drama of comfort and conflict.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010

An uplifting and enriching cautionary tale about one man's spiritual adventure on the road and in the wilderness.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Tim Robey
Sight and Sound
July 6, 2010

Even Penn's more indulgent flourishes seem to enhance the film's keen feeling.

Ian Buckwalter
DCist
June 10, 2010

Penn's film displays a deep and abiding love for America, set against a critique of the uglier aspects that exist alongside all that the beauty.

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 27, 2009

The kind of insipid hero-worship that traps the subject in wax

S. James Wegg
JWR
July 23, 2009

Thank goodness for Eric Gautier’s miracle of cinematography that floods the screen with spectacular moments of pristine beauty and long shots ...

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Paul Chambers
CNNRadio
July 22, 2009

A long trip, but worth the wait. Paul Chambers, CNN.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

Although it's been hailed by many, I found Sean Penn's film to be the tale of a megalomaniac as told by a narcissist.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Devin Faraci
CHUD
February 27, 2009

I would never do what Christopher McCandless did, and yet I found Into the Wild to be incredibly inspiring.

Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly
February 2, 2009

Into The Wild has been made into a prayer of a motion picture by Sean Penn. It may not touch everybody, but those whom it does touch, it will touch deeply. It is a haunting odyssey.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/5
Peter Canavese
ON Magazine
December 31, 2008

Penn has managed an impressive achievement that qualifies as a great American film. [Blu-ray]

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
December 9, 2008

...it's not the character of McCandless...but the supporting cast and characters who bring the story to life.

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
October 18, 2008

About the only good thing this movie can offer is some nice scenery, which I don't need to watch a movie over two-hours long to see.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Bob Mondello
NPR.org
Top Critic
October 18, 2008

As [Hirsch] struggles with the elements, his increasing frailty and the cinematography's increasing grandeur mesh in a way that's at once iconic and wrenching.

Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
September 30, 2008

Often too concerned with how smart he's being, Sean Penn gets the quiet moments right while some of the more dialogue-intensive come off poorly.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
August 7, 2008

an intensely intimate and personal experience

Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
Adam Tobias
Watertown Daily Times
July 23, 2008

Hirsch may be the talk of Into the Wild, but Penn should be commended for putting together such a strong cast.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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