Into the Wild
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Freshly graduated from college with a promising future ahead, 22 year-old Christopher McCandless instead walked out of his privileged life and into the wild in search of adventure. What happened to him on the way transformed this young wanderer into an enduring symbol for countless people. Was Christopher McCandless a heroic adventurer or a nave idealist, a rebellious 1990s Thoreau or another lost American son, a fearless risk-taker or a tragic figure who wrestled with the precarious balance between man and nature? McCandless' quest took him from the wheat fields of South Dakota to a… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

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"As [Hirsch] struggles with the elements, his increasing frailty and the cinematography's increasing grandeur mesh in a way that's at once iconic and wrenching."
‑ Bob Mondello, NPR.org
"The movie tries its hardest to celebrate the impetuousness of its hero and the exhilaration of his accomplishments. Mostly, though, it just reminds you of the severity of his mistakes."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Every once in awhile, a movie will come outta nowhere and blow your socks off."
‑ JimmyO, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"Even in its harrowing final moments, it reaches a spiritually transcendent pinnacle - the idea of ending one long, strange trip and plummeting into an even-greater unknown with both fear and elation. A stirring American drama of comfort and conflict."
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"Penn's film displays a deep and abiding love for America, set against a critique of the uglier aspects that exist alongside all that the beauty."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, DCist
"The photography is of the sort you'd find in any half decent nature documentary, with cloying emphasis placed firmly (and sometimes clumsily) on the idea that our neglectful, selfish and not to mention rampantly capitalist ways are destroying the planet."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"Without diminishing the deep transcendentalist yearnings of its young hero, Into the Wild builds to a climax of profound human connectedness, profound human pain."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"Crafting his meditation on the men who answer the call of the wild, Sean Penn's adaptation is heavy on mood and ambiance but sadly lacking in depth, giving up on the wider comparisons to focus fully on McCandless, who may not be up to the scrutiny."
‑ Joshua Starnes, ComingSoon.net
"An uplifting and enriching cautionary tale about one man's spiritual adventure on the road and in the wilderness."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"The kind of insipid hero-worship that traps the subject in wax"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Hirsch, who carries the film on his increasingly emaciated shoulders, performs heroically, but there's an edge missing."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"Into the Wild takes your heart and shakes it, offering inspiration, exasperation and blunt realization in a true story of one young man's dream and nightmare."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"It's a bit heavy-handed, but ultimately a rewarding watch."
‑ Jeff Otto, ReelzChannel.com
"Even Penn's more indulgent flourishes seem to enhance the film's keen feeling."
‑ Tim Robey, Sight and Sound
"Thank goodness for Eric Gautier’s miracle of cinematography that floods the screen with spectacular moments of pristine beauty and long shots ..."
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
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