L' Enfant Sauvage (The Wild Child) Reviews

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David Fear
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 16, 2011
Makes a heartfelt entry in Truffaut's filmography, yet another story of an unwanted kid.
Jason Heck
Kansas City Star
May 1, 2009
Francois Truffaut was not only a founder of the French New Wave, he was a passionate and keen chronicler of young people, how they grew and evolved and sought purpose in a larger world.
| Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 13, 2009
A fascinating film, with an astonishing performance by young Cargol.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 19, 2009
The Wild Child is fascinating not only for its Tarzan-like true-life story, but also for what it says about the process of nurturing and educating children, and the tools we use -- language, discipline, affection -- to do so.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sarah Boslaugh
February 13, 2009
Truffaut plays Itard, a representative of the Age of Reason who never questions the benefits of civilization...Truffaut the filmmaker is more suspicious of Itard's motives...
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
February 5, 2009
Nearly four decades after its release, The Wild Child remains startling for its humane clarity, for Nestor Almendros's brilliant black-and-white photography, and for the sense that Truffaut is achieving filmmaking mastery on a very small scale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
January 9, 2009
An enduring film of enchanting and provocative revelation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
December 18, 2008
Nearly 40 years after its initial release, Francois Truffaut's The Wild Child (L'Enfant Sauvage) still manages to cast its haunting, poetic spell.
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Nicolas Rapold
Village Voice
November 5, 2008
Rather than present a clichéd fall from grace, Truffaut elicits ambivalence by closely tracking the Enlightened scientist's optimism; after the fascination, our inchoate sadness seeps in.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 3, 2008
Offers a reassuring liberal outlook that has the hubris to think that one can cure anyone who is ill with proper education and treatment.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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May 28, 2008
Everybody connected with this unusual, off-beat film made in black-and-white rates kudos.
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
A deeply moving film.
Cole Smithey
November 6, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
July 14, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
April 2, 2005
often overlooked film will stimulate educators and anyone interested in the learning process
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
It becomes his most thoughtful statement on his favorite subject: The way young people grow up, explore themselves, and attempt to function creatively in the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 30, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 30, 2003
Probably the director's most ambitious film, The Wild Child spins a modern myth with resonances...and through it all Truffaut examines the many issues at hand with warmth, concern and wisdom.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5

May 24, 2003
The detail of the boy's journey from wild child to surrogate son of the doctor and his housekeeper is authentic and painstaking.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 15, 2011
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