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The Wild Reviews

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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The animation here impresses more than in the equally defunct Madagascar, but everything else smacks of an easy money-making exercise of such dimwitted inanity even the youngest kids will see through it.
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Jim Ridley
Village Voice
April 18, 2006
The animation is exquisitely detailed, down to the lions' individually moving whiskers -- but when's the last time you enjoyed a cartoon for its realism?
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 17, 2006
Another animated film from 2006 that's right in that average category.
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
April 14, 2006
As a movie that kids will enjoy with a few adult-oriented gags to keep parents from going completely insane with boredom, The Wild accomplishes its unambitious mission.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
April 14, 2006
A bulky, uneven script with too many narrative cul de sacs (including a pointlessly lengthy curling match at the zoo) makes it hard to stay interested in The Wild.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
April 14, 2006
Technically, The Wild is impressive. Until you realize that the lifelike animated fur is the product of more professional care than the script.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 14, 2006
The Wild may just be the most wildly derivative animated movie in ages.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 14, 2006
Kids under 6 will dig it -- though the alligators and wildebeests might scare them. Certainly they scared this groan-up.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 14, 2006
So what if the story, once they get to Africa, is no better than Madagascar? It's hard to let wild predators do wild things when those wild things involve killing the other furry friends.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
April 14, 2006
With blah CG animation and scattershot punchlines, the movie fails to beat mediocrity.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 14, 2006
These films take years to produce, so The Wild isn't exactly a ripoff -- but it isn't exactly fun, either.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
April 14, 2006
The Wild isn't stuffed with pop references for bored parents, as Madagascar was, but its juvenile spirit is truly infectious.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
April 14, 2006
Storywise, The Wild is the most disappointing studio-level entry so far.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
April 14, 2006
The Wild pops out of the pack with its animation. Its visuals are fluid and detailed, and its backgrounds are better than those of recent rivals.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 14, 2006
As far as story is concerned, the whole thing feels like a rerun of a raucous Saturday-morning television show aimed at hell-raising five-year-olds.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 14, 2006
There's nothing all that wild about The Wild, a tame but entertaining-enough computer-animated film from Disney.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 14, 2006
With Pixar now effectively partnered with Disney, one can hope that family entertainment as bland as The Wild will be taken off the menu.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
April 14, 2006
Small moments of amusement -- and there are some -- can't compensate for either a feeling of familiarity or the sense that we're watching a minor helping of animation rather than a galvanizing movie event.
| Original Score: C
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 14, 2006
Younger children will enjoy The Wild. For them, this is a three-star outing or better.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 14, 2006
The movie has a lot more action than Ice Age: The Meltdown, which was essentially one long trek.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 14, 2006
This is a movie to make you cherish Pixar all the more; where every pixel and plot turn in Finding Nemo snaps organically into place, The Wild strains just to get to the end of a scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
April 14, 2006
As animated features go, it's strictly paint-by-numbers.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
April 14, 2006
The screen credit 'Directed by Steve 'Spaz' Williams' does not exactly make the heart flutter with anticipation.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
April 13, 2006
The Wild comes off as a toothless retread, even though it supposedly has been in the works for nine years.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
April 13, 2006
The Wild follows Samson the lion (voiced by Kiefer Sutherland) as he escapes from the zoo to rescue his cub who has stowed away on a ship bound for Africa.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
April 13, 2006
The too-cool-for-school humor carries on incessantly, relentlessly, as if the four credited scriptwriters were paid by the gag.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
April 13, 2006
The filmmakers seem to think that noisy tumbling and colliding compensate for invention and wit.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 13, 2006
It's a funny, compassionate, emotionally engaging movie that prompts both laughs and a lump in the throat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
April 13, 2006
New seems a bit of a misnomer for Disney's latest animated release, The Wild. A more honest choice? Finding Madagascar.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
April 13, 2006
There are a lot of wisecracks in The Wild, but the script is less vital than the visual virtuosity.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Melinda Ennis
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 13, 2006
What's truly wild, and sad, about The Wild is that Disney, once the icon of animated originality, has been reduced to releasing this retread.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
April 13, 2006
The animation is cheesy; the banter isn't funny; the score is noisy and grating; and the critters look like stuffed animals.
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
April 13, 2006
Even acknowledging that children aren't the pickiest viewers, how many animated films about a band of sheltered, fractious New York zoo animals semi-accidentally escaping into the jungle does any viewer need over the course of a year?
| Original Score: D+
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
April 12, 2006
The film is a relentlessly loud and ultimately exhausting exercise only partially leavened by the usual heavy doses of wisecracking humor and visual gags.
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Justin Chang
Variety
April 12, 2006
Uninspired character animation and obnoxious banter aside, The Wild is ultimately done in by the persistent stench of been-there-seen-that.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 12, 2006
Earnest to the point of dullness.
Full Review | Original Score: C