The River Wild Reviews

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Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
February 29, 2012
Another 1990s domestic parable chastising workaholic dads, The River Wild also functions as a gorgeous travelogue and a Meryl Streep action film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
December 11, 2007
A buff Streep vs. bad guy Bacon on a wild river journey in which good acting overcomes several cliches.
| Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 19, 2004
corny but gripping
| Original Score: 3/5
Fred Topel
About.com
August 15, 2003
Terrible "suspense" movie. Predictable and no action until the end.
| Original Score: 1/5
Oz
Hollywood Bitchslap
March 25, 2003
It looks like an action movie, sounds like an action movie, but there's a lot more going on here.
| Original Score: 4/5
Gerry Shamray
Your Movies (cleveland.com)
February 7, 2003
The title promises more than the film delivers.
| Original Score: 3/5
Stephen Farber
Movieline
January 9, 2002
[Streep's] role is ridiculous, and the scenes depicting her marital crisis play like a hokey prelude to the inevitable reconciliation.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
The perfect high old time for audiences in the mood to be tossed into the spin cycle for a pulse-pounding thrill ride.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
If watched from a mildly amused, forgiving distance, the movie has its enjoyable moments -- good and campy.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
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.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
The thriller framework is still familiar, but the results exhibit a welcome freshness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
March 18, 2006
| Original Score: 2/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 14, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 30, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Sarah Chauncey
Reel.com
June 4, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
December 29, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Brian J. Arthurs
Beach Reporter (Southern California)
October 9, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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