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Wildlife Reviews

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November 9, 2018
The harder Dano tries to make the movie feel cinematic (and boy, does he!), the more stagy it feels.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 15, 2018
Hardly a single moment over the runtime demonstrates a forceful, vigorous, or urgent vision.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 6, 2018
The whole thing feels deflated and streeeeetched, with the story just kind of laying there... and even watching Mulligan and Gyllenhaal carefully, skillfully reveal different facets of their characters isn't enough to make Wildlife feel alive.
November 2, 2018
Sadly, there's nothing really ingénue being said with these exacting illustrations of long-gone American life, as his bow isn't much more than an interesting vanity piece, soon to be forgotten come next the next festival season of our discontent.
November 16, 2018
Ed Oxenbould starred in the kid movie Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. So it makes sense that he's now co-starring in what should be titled - - Paul Dano and his Terrible, (etc), Very Bad First Movie. Just kidding. Sort of.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 18, 2018
Gyllenhaal and Mulligan are in fine form here, but too much of the screenplay, written by Dano and Zoe Kazan, doesn't ring true.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 4, 2018
"Wildlife" is not just tame, it's for the most part lifeless, a meandering exercise with all the excitement and emotion of a two-hour stare down.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 19, 2018
It's a tale we've seen plenty of times before, told deliberately and tastefully, giving no glimmers of idiosyncrasy or, frankly, personality.
November 14, 2018
Wildlife features some truly wonderful actors plying their craft at the highest of levels. And I didn't believe a one of them for a cold minute.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 2, 2018
Here is a film with much to recommend - and yet the screenplay is just a little too uneven, and from time to time there's an unsettling creepiness and change in tone that seems inconsistent and manufactured, and I was left underwhelmed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 8, 2018
This is a movie that delights in confusion and in not giving its viewers enough of a reason to stay interested in that murkiness of its very unlikable characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 18, 2019
A small-scale and affecting directorial debut.
December 9, 2018
If the strikingly handsome, emotionally chilly Wildlife itself occasionally runs the risk of feeling a bit like we're watching a still life, that's ultimately eclipsed by Dano's exceptional work with his actors and the film's wondrous visuals.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 7, 2018
Even with the dissolution of love at the forefront, this film finds love, humor, and several jaw-dropping moments that make this one of the strongest dramas this year. It's as if Dano is celebrating the past, while satisfied with starting a new chapter.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 2, 2018
Carey Mulligan has been confidently constructing a tasteful resume since her auspicious breakout ...but never has her light shined brighter.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 2, 2018
Paul Dano has created a compelling examination of the nuclear family in the 1960s and the consequences when it falls apart.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 1, 2018
Paul Dano has crafted a poignant directorial debut exploring a certain cultural dissatisfaction by homing in on how it affects one family.
October 17, 2018
Impeccably acted, brilliantly written, confidently directed, and full of quiet desperation, it's rather magnificent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 14, 2018
Paul Dano's directorial debut paints an emotionally distant picture
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 5, 2018
...amounts to many ephemeral gestures, anchored by less a character and more a blank slate of a performance
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