Into the Wild Reviews

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Top Critic
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
Jeff Otto
February 9, 2011
It's a bit heavy-handed, but ultimately a rewarding watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Nick Rogers
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.
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
Paul Chambers
July 22, 2009
A long trip, but worth the wait. Paul Chambers, CNN.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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's not the character of McCandless...but the supporting cast and characters who bring the story to life.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Top Critic
Bob Mondello
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
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
July 16, 2008
Perhaps destined to follow the same emotional arc as the true story it portrays, the film starts with great promise, passion, and inspiration only to quietly wane.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
March 19, 2008
Sean Penn deserves huge credit for the gentle hand he has used in telling this incredible story.
Full Review | Original Score: 85/100
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
March 18, 2008
Into the Wild is a film to meditate on. It's long, it's not particularly fast-moving but it struck me in a carnal fashion.

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
Top Critic
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 8, 2012
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