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Wildlife Reviews

November 15, 2018
It's a story of its time, unfolding pre-women's lib, and Jeanette feels an inner frustration she can't even give voice to. But as "Wildlife" quietly rages, Mulligan lets it be felt.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 14, 2018
"Wildlife" is the kind of movie whose low-key hush could get lost in all the buzz over the big-name, holiday-season releases. Sometimes, though, it's the quiet ones who make the most noise.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 9, 2018
Mulligan trembles like a souffle on the verge of collapse, and her unfortunate son can do little but watch and listen and do his best to grow up much too fast. Truth be told, it's his story - but it's Mulligan's movie.
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 1, 2018
A jewel of eloquent understatement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
November 1, 2018
"Wildlife's" portrait of family life is much like the director's many onscreen performances - understated, sad-eyed, deeply affecting.
November 1, 2018
There is a dreamlike quality to actor Paul Dano's debut film as a director, one where everyday things and places are imbued with otherworldly beauty and time seems to stand still.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 31, 2018
A small-scale gem with a haunting final image, Paul Dano's debut feature "Wildlife" is the story of a 1960s family quietly imploding.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 25, 2018
"Wildlife" isn't dazzling entertainment but an intelligent, low-key and satisfying film with a rare respect for every character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 24, 2018
A slightly wobbly - if just this side of wonderful - film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 24, 2018
Come see "Wildlife" for Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan, but stay for the young actor who plays their 14-year-old son.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 22, 2018
Dano's film is shrewd and exacting, composed with rigor yet alert to the rhythms of its performers.
October 19, 2018
Ms. Mulligan shows her character no mercy, at least on the surface; her performance is startling, and for the most part unsparing.
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
October 18, 2018
She's a woman out of time, and Ford's story, written 30 years ago, set 60 years ago, is strikingly resonant.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
October 18, 2018
Wildlife is both stately and messy, in the way mid-century America so often seems to look through the rearview mirror.
October 18, 2018
If the drama feels somewhat studied - though it would be more accurate to say that it simply feels thought through - it is never airless or constricted. The story maintains a steady emotional pulse alongside its meticulous accrual of details...
October 18, 2018
The whole of the film is a potent collaboration in every respect, and a remarkable directorial debut.
October 17, 2018
Working from a screenplay he wrote with partner Zoe Kazan, Dano shows not just a keen way with actors but also an alert eye for deceptively charged visuals that combine surface beauty and nagging emptiness.
October 17, 2018
Carrie Mulligan ignites a blaze in actor-turned-director Paul Dano's moving familial melodrama about a 1960's housewife and mother who can't catch up with the feminist stirrings she feels inside. One word for Mulligan: Wow.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 17, 2018
It's one worth making the trip to the theater for. Wildlife isn't just a great first film, it's a great film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
October 17, 2018
A confident and compassionate first film.
October 15, 2018
Hardly a single moment over the runtime demonstrates a forceful, vigorous, or urgent vision.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 15, 2018
Dano doesn't appear in his own movie, but its texture is of a piece with his courteous and careful performances, where he always seems to plead fruitlessly with an unjust world.
Top Critic
October 8, 2018
It's beautifully designed and well-acted, and Mulligan's tense work as a mother who sometimes seems to be the stronger parent and sometimes the more dangerous one is exquisite.
September 10, 2018
An accomplished, moving piece of filmmaking, one that cares about its characters and trusts its performers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 25, 2018
This is a superb film.
January 23, 2018
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.
Top Critic
January 23, 2018
Did Dano pick up this uncommon fledgling restraint from one of the many first-rate filmmakers for whom he's acted?
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 22, 2018
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
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 21, 2018
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
Actor Paul Dano has made a small gem in Wildlife, his first film as a director.