Never Cry Wolf


Never Cry Wolf (1983)


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Based on the autobiographical novel by Farley Mowat, Carroll Ballard's film chronicles the work of Tyler (Charles Martin Smith), a biologist who sets out alone on a government-sponsored mission to study the lives of Arctic wolves, an experience which ultimately becomes a journey of self-discovery as well.

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Critic Reviews for Never Cry Wolf

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (5)

Ballard and his masterly crew of film makers have reimagined a corner of the natural world...They leave us awed.

Mar 9, 2009 | Full Review…

Measures up to the promise Ballard amply provided in his first feature, The Black Stallion.

Jul 23, 2008 | Full Review…

For the most part very absorbing, the film suffers from some embarrassingly obvious symbolism.

Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
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Perhaps the best thing about the film is that the wolves are never made to seem like strange but cuddly dogs. They look like wolves, not especially threatening but still remote and complete unto themselves.

Aug 30, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/5

The film is still memorable for its compassion, commitment, and unexpected humor, qualities that go a long way toward tempering the ecological didacticism of the screenplay.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Suspenseful, poignant wilderness film; a few gross scenes.

Apr 5, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Never Cry Wolf

Some time spent whimsically in the frozen Arctic checking to see how it is that the caribou population is mysteriously vanishing: could the local wolves be the problem? Charles Martin Smith is our amiable guide is this Disney produced (read: there's never really going to be much of a problem) adventure, running around naked (read: "see, I'm close to Nature") so that developers don't suck the life out of life.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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Never Cry Wolf looks, sounds and feels like a DisneyNature film, for the most part. A desolate location, focus on animals, minimal dialogue...though the movie never quite knows what it wants to be. Initially, there are hints of comedy, then "man against nature" drama, then documentary and so on. By not picking one genre to play in, Never Cry Wolf borders on lacking focus. Charles Martin Smith plays well against the frigid backdrop and the occasional humans he runs into, but this is really about the place and the animals. An episode of Planet Earth is, arguably, more interesting.

Jason Vargo
Jason Vargo

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