The Wilds: Season 1 Reviews

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December 22, 2020
The thrill of it comes not from running or subverting these clichés, however, but embracing them with full-throated glee.
December 16, 2020
What really made The Wilds shine is that they went a bit deeper than what you would expect.
December 15, 2020
Of the many peeking over Damon Lindelof's shoulder to copy from Lost's bible, only one has shown the competence to come close to the masterwork of Lost's early seasons. It just took 16 years, and it's about teenage girls.
Full Review | Original Score: 80/100
December 15, 2020
A gender-flipped Lord of the Flies that takes female diversity to a whole new level of shock and awe with a deep and richly respectful study of both physical and mental trauma.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 14, 2020
It is superbly well-directed with eye-catching cinematography that turns the deserted island into beautifully menacing space.
December 11, 2020
The girls who have to fend for themselves on this remote island are so well-defined that we're finding ourselves intrigued by how they'll change during their time together.
December 11, 2020
Over the course of ten hours The Wilds proves to be an engaging slice of Amazon entertainment which circumvents preconceptions and offers up food for thought.
December 11, 2020
What's so impressive about "The Wilds" is how creator Sarah Streicher and the deeply talented young cast members immerse us in this world so quickly and create an almost instant interest and empathy for these eight teenage girls.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 11, 2020
It's addictive viewing - and the whole season is dropping all at once, so maybe don't plan anything else this weekend.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 11, 2020
If nothing else, as with Leah, it will pull you right out of any funk you're in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 11, 2020
The Wilds is is a thrilling adventure bolstered by compelling storytelling and characters begging for your attention and friendship.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.75/10
December 11, 2020
It's also a show that was very clearly written by women who have something to say about women and girls, and most of the episodes were directed by women as well.
December 11, 2020
The glib homilies and trite moral conclusions they offer up don't always sound like things battered survivors would say in such situations.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 11, 2020
The Wilds is the rare streaming series that earns its length. With each successive episode, its characters grow more finely shaded, with Lost-esque backstories filling in the blanks of who each one was before they arrived on the island.
December 11, 2020
An intriguing new series.
December 10, 2020
The Wilds is marketed as a young-adult series, but it's gripping, intelligent stuff that will hold the attention of older adults much more tightly than most adult dramas do. The subject matter skews very "adult" too.
December 10, 2020
Suspend your disbelief and allow the character development to consume you - The Wilds is an addictive teenage thriller that will leave audiences provoked.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 10, 2020
Showrunner Sarah Streicher (Netflix's Daredevil) does a terrific job in the opening episode of setting the scene, while simultaneously undercutting audience expectations.
December 9, 2020
Here, the mystery isn't so much why these girls are on the island as how being there will change them - and I, for one, want to go back.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 9, 2020
The show can sometimes feel like a teen problem of the week after-school special. But the actors are uniformly excellent, and the writers do a good job of keeping characters sympathetic even when they make transparently terrible choices.
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