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The River Wild (1994)

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43

Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 4

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51

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Average Rating: 3/5
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Movie Info

In a change-of-pace role designed to prove that she could carry high-concept genre films as well as character-driven dramas, Meryl Streep headlined this fast-paced adventure as Gail, a whitewater rafting guide. For a vacation, Gail is accompanying her son Roarke (Joseph Mazzello) and workaholic husband Tom (David Strathairn) on a river trip. Gail and Tom are experiencing marital troubles and contemplating divorce, but their problems take a back seat when they encounter some menacing rafters led

PG-13,

Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense

Denis O'Neill

Nov 1, 1998

MCA Universal Home Video

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All Critics (34) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (13) | DVD (4)

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
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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The thriller framework is still familiar, but the results exhibit a welcome freshness.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
ReelViews
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Another 1990s domestic parable chastising workaholic dads, The River Wild also functions as a gorgeous travelogue and a Meryl Streep action film.

February 29, 2012 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm
LarsenOnFilm

A buff Streep vs. bad guy Bacon on a wild river journey in which good acting overcomes several cliches.

December 11, 2007
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

corny but gripping

September 19, 2004
Shadows on the Wall

Terrible "suspense" movie. Predictable and no action until the end.

August 15, 2003 | Comment (1)
About.com

It looks like an action movie, sounds like an action movie, but there's a lot more going on here.

March 25, 2003
Oz
Hollywood Bitchslap

The title promises more than the film delivers.

February 7, 2003
Sun Newspapers of Cleveland

[Streep's] role is ridiculous, and the scenes depicting her marital crisis play like a hokey prelude to the inevitable reconciliation.

January 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Movieline
Movieline

The real action star to threaten Bruce Willis' Die Hard crown and make us forget Sylvester Stallone's Cliffhanger and Demolition Man one-two punch from last year has emerged. And it's Meryl Streep.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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.
August 6, 2012
superclerk25

Super Reviewer

Thriller about robbers who kidnap a family to help him escape down river. Good cast.
January 16, 2012
thmtsang
T Tsang

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Hated it. I wanted everyone to drown.
September 24, 2009
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