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½ June 11, 2016
Driven by plenty of fast-paced action and a strong emotional sense of drama, The River Wild is a non-stop thrill ride and showcases an outstanding performance from Meryl Streep and a terrific villainous performance from Kevin Bacon.
January 24, 2016
One Meryl Streep movie you don't want to see.
January 6, 2016
Never really enjoyed this film. Saw it a couple times and it never felt genuine to me. I thought the acting was choppy, and the story was sloppy. The tension was minor and I thought it could of been amped up.
Never a good sign when you are rolling your eyes throughout a movie at the cheesy dialogue and silly circumstances.
Wasted of talent here with a so so script and not enough suspense.
April 21, 2015
This is a hybrid of better movie but at the end you're still mildly entertained by this action flick.
Robbanflix
Super Reviewer
January 2, 2015
Nice adventure/thriller kinda. Meryl Streep and her family are on a adventure on the river which isnt easy and even more tougher when some guys holding them back. Kevin Bacon playing great as the bad one here. Nice movie !
½ September 10, 2014
This small thriller includes a good rafting experience, and it's also has a good cast that makes this good. (B)

(Full review coming soon - with better wording probably)
July 6, 2014
What a predictable hunk of crap. The formulaic plot was only outweighed in stupidity by the ridiculous casting. Meryl Streep as a river guide? Kevin Bacon as a criminal? Oh this was bad.
½ June 2, 2014
The River Wild looks like a feel-good family film, all down to the agreeably lovable, Lassie-ish dog, but don't be fooled: this is more thematic than meets the eye. The movie has a familiar formula, but it's bolstered by great performances from Meryl Streep and Kevin Bacon.
½ May 21, 2014
a good simple fun action film
April 28, 2014
Childish and very flawed.
March 30, 2014
I fully enjoyed this adventure.
½ February 24, 2014
Never really knew much about this film, but it stars a trio of well known performers. It probably escalated Meryl Streep and John C Reilly to stardom, whilst demoting Kevin Bacon to doing the Congo on his recent streak of annoying adverts. To be fair, he plays a good part in this though, teaming up with dumb ass Reilly as part of the bad guy duo that has just committed an armed robbery and are escaping down the wild river rapids as a means of a subtle escape route. Luckily for them, they bump into experienced rafter Streep and her family, who are going through a rocky patch due to the husbands devotion to work over his wife and kids. What better way for him to therefore prove his love by rescuing them from the clutches of drowning at the hands of the 'Gauntlet', a strong current responsible for taking lives several years back. Streep has ridden it many years ago, but can she overcome it twice? For a predictable movie, it's relatively captivating which is impressive given its low key and quaint environment, that doesn't exactly lend itself to high action stakes. The dialogue and interaction of characters is just as fascinating which is credit to the actors who have made it quite compelling. It's not exactly a blockbuster, nor will it bore you to tears, but is just suitable for a Sunday nights viewing when your brain is still recovering from a Saturday night out on the lash.
½ February 22, 2014
I was really excited to see this movie and it didn't disappoint! It was like watching a mix of Deliverance and A Perfect Getaway. Kevin Bacon did a great job as the villain, and Meryl Streep was a great hero. Overall, a fun adventure to watch.
February 16, 2014
wow ummmn just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this is a good movie 2 watch......its got a good cast of actors/actressess throughout this movie......i think that meryl streep, kevin bacon, david strathairn, joseph mazzello, john c reilly, benjamin bratt, play good roles/parts throughout this movie......i think that the director of this drama/action/adventure/mystery/suspense movie had done a good job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie......its got a good soundtrack throughout this movie......i think that kevin bacon/john c reilly were brilliant throughout this movie as the bad guys throughout this movie......i think that the director keeps you on the edge's of your seats throughout this movie as its a really suspenseful movie 2 watch with a good cast throughout this movie....i think that this is a great mystery movie 2 watch its such a really suspenseful movie 2 watch......its got really good action scenes thorughout this movie....i think that benjamin bratt was good as the park ranger johnny throughout this movie......i think that David Strathairn was good as the dad throughout this movie......its got a good soundtrack throughout this movie......i think that this is such a great movie 2 watch.......i think that this is such a really suspenseful movie 2 watch its got a good cast throughout this movie.....i think that this is such an enjoyable thriller movie 2 watch......i think that both kevin bacon/meryl streep were brilliant throughout this movie......i think that the fight scenes throughout this movie were really good throughout this movie.......i think that this is such an intense movie 2 watch its such a really suspenseful movie 2 watch its got a good cast throughout this movie.....i think that this is such an intense white knuckle ride of a movie 2 watch.......its such a superb movie 2 watch its so really well written/acted/directed movie 2 watch i think that meryl streep was so brilliant throughout this movie......i think that this is such a brilliant movie 2 watch.....its got a good soundtrack throughout this movie......i think that this is such a brilliant movie 2 watch its such an enjoyable movie 2 watch its a good thriller movie 2 watch its such a really enjoyable movie 2 watch as its a really suspenseful movie 2 watch its got a good cast throughout this movie its such a brilliant movie 2 watch with a good cast throughout this movie it is so really well made/acted/directed/written its such a really suspenseful movie 2 watch as the director keeps you on the edge's of your seats thorughout this movie i think that this is such a brilliant movie 2 watch with a great cast thorughout this movie its so good movie 2 watch its so enjoyable movie 2 watch with a great cast throughout this movie.,.....
January 22, 2014
"THE FAMILY VACATION IS OVER"

- 'The River Wild' is a 1994 adventure thriller, starring Meryl Streep (Death Becomes Her),David Strathairn (The Bourne Ultimatum), John C. Reilly(The Aviator), Joseph Mazzello (Jurassic Park) and the wonderful Kevin Bacon (Friday the 13th). When it watched this movie, it took me back to my childhood as I remember the suspension caused by the criminals and the water. After all these years it's still a spectacular boat ride in an amazing setting. 'The River Wild' is a night of entertainment guaranteed.

Gail Hartman (Streep) organizes a rafting trip to celebrate the birthday of her son Roarke (Mazzello) and to work on the marital problems with her workaholic husband Tom (Strathairn). Leaving daughter Willa with her grandparents , the couple, their son and Maggie the family dog take off. Gail is an experienced rafter and knows the area like the back of her pocket. Along the way they meet Wade (Bacon) and Terry (Reilly), who have been ditched by their guide. Because there are parts of the river that lead to dangerous water, Gail lets the two men join them, much to the disliking of father Tom. He's irritated that Wade develops a bond with his wife and son. Little does the family know that the two men are wanted criminals who use the river to get across the border...
January 19, 2014
Interesting screenplay, very good cast, the overall project could be handle better though.
½ November 3, 2013
"Y'know what's really scary? Rivers."
-Nobody Really
½ September 5, 2013
Very Predictable and moves slow
August 19, 2013
Oddly enough, this is one of the first movies that really got into my brain as a kid and turned me on to what really good acting and an exciting score can do for almost any type of 'man vs. nature' movie. This and Jurassic Park were actually two of my first movies I remember being totally sucked into while also 'knowing' that there were people behind the scenes making the actual scene work. Today, I still hold this movie in high esteem, even if it doesn't hold up to Jurassic Park (and what can?) - it still has plenty of smoldering Kevin Bacon, a strong-ass female lead in Meryl Streep, and yes, that kid from Jurassic Park isn't half bad in this one either. All in all, I give this a 5/5 because the RT meter won't care either way, and because it's just a good damn awesome movie. That's right - GOOD DAMN AWESOME.
August 19, 2013
Excellent thriller. Great cast and a perfect setting. The ratings make no sense.
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