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