Critics Consensus

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

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