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Powerfully moving and emotionally resonant, Wild finds director Jean-Marc Vallée and star Reese Witherspoon working at the peak of their respective powers.



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With the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed has lost all hope. After years of reckless, destructive behavior, she makes a rash decision. With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. WILD powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her. (c) Fox Searchlight

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Mo McRae
as Jimmy Carter
Randy Schulman
as Therapist
Kurt Conroyd
as Greg's Friend
Ted DeChatelet
as Greg's Friend
Jeffree Newman
as Greg's Friend
Debra Pralle
as Saleswoman
Beth Hall
as Desk Clerk
Jan Hoag
as Annette (Frank's Wife)
Art Alexakis
as Tattoist
Jason Newell
as Cheryl's Dad
Barry O'Neil
as Young Suit #1
Barry O'Neill
as Young Suit #1
Richard Morris
as Young Suit #2
Bobbi Strayed Lindstrom
as Cheryl (6 Yrs Old)
Robert Alan Barnett
as Man At Gas Station
William Nelson
as Leif (3 Yrs Old)
Tony Doupe
as Man Behind Counter
Dan Considine
as Weird Dude
Andrew Saunderson
as Outdoor Store Clerk
Greg James (XII)
as Man At The Hotel Bar
Orianna Herrman
as Paul's Girlfriend
Brian Borcherdt
as Grateful Dead Cover Band
Eric D. Johnson
as Grateful Dead Cover Band
Edric Carter
as Male Nurse
Matthew Noyes
as Grateful Dead Fan Musician
John Dickerson, Jr.
as Grateful Dead Fan Musician
Denise McSweeny
as Toll Booth Operator
Alina Gatti
as College Freshman
Henry Shotwell
as Son Of Man At Gas Station
Cheryl Strayed
as Woman in Truck
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Critic Reviews for Wild

All Critics (263) | Top Critics (55)

  • It captures an emotional memoir without making it feel like a didactic tale of triumph over adversity.

    Oct 14, 2015 | Full Review…
  • It's not Witherspoon's personal masterpiece: that is still her high-school careerist in Election (1999). But it's still good.

    Jan 15, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Obvious Oscar-bait is just that. Way too obvious.

    Jan 15, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • There's neither cinematic majesty to the vistas (and I saw the movie on a very big screen and sat very close to it) nor intimacy to the ground that Strayed treads.

    Jan 5, 2015 | Full Review…
  • If nothing else, Wild offers a first-rate advertisement for the purifying abilities of the great outdoors.

    Jan 5, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    Eric Kohn

    Top Critic
  • Witherspoon et al have done justice to Strayed's story.

    Jan 5, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

    Liz Braun

    Toronto Sun
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Wild


The story of a woman walking the Pacific Crest Trail in the mid-90s is interrupted by flashbacks, in which we slowly learn what made her go there in the first place. Sometimes you wish you could stay with nature a little more, some sequences feel a little short before we get another depressing look back. But Witherspoon is excellent in both time frames and holds them together. The cinematography is great and the ending very satisfying and touching. While you feel the character has earned her redemption, you're also glad to have followed her along the way, even though it is exhausting at times.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

With a very solid performance by Witherspoon and gorgeous landscapes that reflect all the strenuousness of her character's journey, this rewarding and impeccably-edited character study shows how trying to escape one's own life can be a powerful door to self-discovery.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

The fragile humanity at the core of this redemptive tale of survival is what attracts and holds us to the screen. Witherspoon and Dern excel in this story without heroic aspirations, content to dwell on the very real objective of learning to forgive ourselves in the face of a mountain of personal weakness and damnation. Beautiful filmmaking.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Much better than I expected. I honestly couldn't see how exciting a movie about a woman hiking through the dessert could seriously be, much as I think Reese is a good actress. Actually, it is engaging. There's enough flashbacks and perils to keep it interesting. Reese is great, and so is Laura Dern as her mother in the flashbacks. Her story was very sad and moving too. The movie moves at a good pace and doesn't drag. Actually I wouldn't mind a copy for my own collection.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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