The River Wild (1994)



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Movie Info

Action/thriller in which Meryl Streep battles psycho Kevin Bacon while hurtling down treacherous rapids in a rubber raft.

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Denis O'Neill, Bruce A. Evans, Gideon Ray
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 1, 1998
MCA Universal Home Video


as Ranger Johnny

as Gail's Father

as Gail's Mother

as Violinist

as Policeman
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Critic Reviews for The River Wild

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (12)

The perfect high old time for audiences in the mood to be tossed into the spin cycle for a pulse-pounding thrill ride.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

O'Neill proves to be a squeamish screenwriter. He doesn't allow his villain to do anything truly unnerving until the story's nearly done.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Constructed from so many ideas, characters and situations recycled from other movies that all the way down the river I kept thinking: Been there. Done that.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

If watched from a mildly amused, forgiving distance, the movie has its enjoyable moments -- good and campy.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

The thriller framework is still familiar, but the results exhibit a welcome freshness.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Audience Reviews for The River Wild


I really dig this flick. It's good to see Streep doing something this fun and Bacon makes a great villain. I've seen it at least 15 times and I never get tired of watching it.

Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer


Thriller about robbers who kidnap a family to help him escape down river. Good cast.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Exciting, but not rewatchable

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

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