Critics Consensus

Wildling's feminist themes - and the ferocious Bel Powley performance that brings them to life - are often enough to make up for its narrative deficiencies.



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A teenage girl's coming of age comes with a terrifying twist in this spellbinding take on the werewolf legend. Since birth, Anna (Bel Powley) has been raised in isolation by a man she knows only as Daddy (Chucky star Brad Dourif) who has done everything possible to conceal the truth about the girl's origins from her. But when the teenage Anna is suddenly thrust into the real world under the protection of no-nonsense police officer Ellen (Liv Tyler), it soon becomes clear that the young woman is far from ordinary. Unable to adjust to a normal life, Anna finds herself drawn instead to the wild freedom of the forest while struggling to resist the growing bloodlust that has awakened inside her. This moodily atmospheric thriller combines supernatural scares with a myth-like tale of self discovery.

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Liv Tyler
as Sheriff Ellen Cooper
James Le Gros
as Wolf Man
Mike Faist
as Lawrence

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Critic Reviews for Wildling

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (13)

  • The attention paid to images does not translate to character development, story, or dialogue, leaving little emotional resonance, while making me seriously wonder if the men telling these stories understand much at all about female sexuality.

    May 3, 2018 | Full Review…
  • It's a promising debut for Böhm, with a lot of promise. But it's a home run for Powley, who makes "Wildling" worth watching even when it shouldn't be.

    Apr 26, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Wildling starts out strongly but the qualities that make the first 20 minutes engrossing and harrowing drain away and the movie morphs into a thoroughly unsatisfying excursion into fantasy-tinged horror.

    Apr 14, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • At its best, "Wildling" is very smart about how we humans like to compare ourselves to animals - from the names of our sports teams to the way we describe the feeling of cutting loose.

    Apr 12, 2018 | Full Review…
  • A supernatural "What's Happening to My Body?" parable in company with "Carrie," "Ginger Snaps" and last year's "Thelma," "Wildling" is low-key with an undertone of menace, skillfully directed by Fritz Böhm in his feature debut.

    Apr 12, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A clever, sharp-fanged mélange of classic midnight-movie horror and modern indie ingenuity.

    Apr 12, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Wildling

  • Apr 06, 2019
    If you want to read the review I wrote for this, go to letterboxd.com/HankIsDead514. I can no longer post long reviews on here and I'm not writing two separate reviews for the same movie.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Jun 05, 2018
    Horror movie versions of puberty have been done well in the past, Wildling however misses the mark.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer

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