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Wildlife (2018)


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Critic Consensus: Wildlife's portrait of a family in crisis is beautifully composed by director Paul Dano -- and brought brilliantly to life by a career-best performance from Carey Mulligan.

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Sensitive 16-year-old Joe is the only child of Jeanette and Jerry--a housewife and golf pro in a small town in 1960s Montana. Nearby, an uncontrolled forest fire rages close to the Canadian border, and when Jerry loses his job-and his sense of purpose he decides to join the cause of fighting the fire, leaving his wife and son to fend for themselves. Suddenly forced into the role of an adult, Joe witnesses his mother embark on her own adventure, as she transgresses into an affair with an older man.


Carey Mulligan
as Jeanette Brinson
Jake Gyllenhaal
as Jerry Brinson
Bill Camp
as Warren Miller
Ed Oxenbould
as Joe Brinson
Darryl Cox
as Clarence Snow

Critic Reviews for Wildlife

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (7)

This is a superb film.

January 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Dano aces the formal requirements that make a good film. But there's so much that is great in this debut, and not enough that feels original.

January 23, 2018 | Full Review…

Did Dano pick up this uncommon fledgling restraint from one of the many first-rate filmmakers for whom he's acted?

January 23, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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The result is a careful, deliberate, slightly distanced treatment of stormy emotions - but it's appropriate, because the characters are often as not driven not to action but to inaction by their circumstances.

January 22, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's striking to see such a proven actress [like Carey Mulligan] deliver what's so clearly the best work of her career, but it's unsurprising that [Paul] Dano knows what to do with his cast.

January 22, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Dano, it's immediately clear, is a natural-born filmmaker, with an eye for elegant spare compositions that refrain from being too showy; they rarely get in the way of the story he's telling.

January 21, 2018 | Full Review…

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