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Something Wild Reviews

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Nick Rogers
July 26, 2016
Radiantly human even as, and after, it erupts in violence and rage, "Something Wild" remains an astonishing rarity - a bittersweet romantic tragicomedy that's generally optimistic ... but also hesitant and harmful exactly where it needs to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
May 20, 2011
The tones shift rampantly, which for some viewers can be disorienting and off-putting. But, if you're in tune with Demme's aesthetic, which usually runs counter to our cinematic intuition, it is a wild ride indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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William Goss
May 17, 2011
It begins with a meet-cute and ends with a murder, and sandwiched in between those emotional extremes are romance, regret and revenge.
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
May 16, 2011
If you don't already know where it ends up then I assure you that you have no idea where it's going to end up.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Eric Melin
May 13, 2011
A fun, offbeat, and mildly subversive comedy ... with unexpected twists and ... a real sense of danger.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Emanuel Levy
February 8, 2007
The third film in Demme's Small-Town America trilogy (the other two are Handle With Care and Melvin and Howard) centers on a new screen type, the yuppie (played to perfection by Jeff Daniels); change of tone from comedy to horror is tough but well-earned
Full Review | Original Score: A-

TV Guide
December 26, 2006
Demme keeps his quirky narrative twisting and turning so that the viewer can never predict what will happen next.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader
December 26, 2006
Jonathan Demme's picaresque joyride across the American landscape is still arguably the best thing he's ever done.
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
August 9, 2006
An expert and truly unpredictable blend of comedy and menace.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Demme observes the human eccentricity that underlies the corner-store banalities of Middle America with warmth and loving detail; while a magnificent rock soundtrack and faultless performances from Daniels, Griffith and Liotta ensure pleasures galore.
Clint Morris
Film Threat
March 11, 2005
A cool, crazy cack!
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 26, 2004
An offbeat comedy with an appreciation for the seductions and dangers of sexual thrill-seeking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
February 27, 2004
Melanie Griffith looks hot in that dark wig; too bad she ditches it so quickly.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The film's principal difficulty is E. Max Frye's original screenplay, which is better thought out in terms of its narrative than of the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
January 22, 2003
One of Demme's most engaging films.
| Original Score: 4/5
Spyder Darling
NY Rock
December 23, 2002
Something wild this way comes!
| Original Score: 4/5
Brad Laidman
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
A vestige of hope for your inner geek yearning to rebel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Sanjek
August 16, 2001
Demme never loses sense of his destination and, more the point, is always willing to take a detour, convinced that something unexpected and exhilarating is available at the end of the road.

April 17, 2001
[The] pinnacle of the yuppie-in-peril cycle.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Demme is a master of finding the bizarre in the ordinary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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