Never Cry Wolf
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The wolves of the Arctic Circle and its environs, the stunning beauty of a Northern winter, a biologist who braves it all to record the lives of the wolves, and Inuits who save the biologist's hide and share their own wisdom openly are all winners in this film that is a tribute to the skills of writer and director Carroll Ballard (The Black Stallion). Based on Farley Mowat's autobiographical novel of the same name, Tyler (Charles Martin Smith) is a normal biologist until he gets up into the Arctic winter in order to prove that the caribou herds are not being decimated by wolves; then… More

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"Ballard and his masterly crew of film makers have reimagined a corner of the natural world...They leave us awed."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"Perhaps the best thing about the film is that the wolves are never made to seem like strange but cuddly dogs. They look like wolves, not especially threatening but still remote and complete unto themselves."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Capturing the changes a man goes through as he learns about life in the wilds, Never Cry Wolf is very informative, but it is Smith's performance that makes the film a resounding success."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Set in the Arctic wilderness of Canada where a biologist has a mystical experience of oneness with nature."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Measures up to the promise Ballard amply provided in his first feature, The Black Stallion."
‑ Ronald Holloway, Variety
"The film is still memorable for its compassion, commitment, and unexpected humor, qualities that go a long way toward tempering the ecological didacticism of the screenplay."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Genuinely affecting nature film with spectacular location shots."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"If you can get past the lack of significant dialogue then you will find a touching tale of one man's journey -- a journey that can teach us all a little bit about ourselves."
‑ Akiva Gottlieb, Apollo Guide
"For the most part very absorbing, the film suffers from some embarrassingly obvious symbolism."
‑ , Time Out
"Suspenseful, poignant wilderness film; a few gross scenes."
‑ Common Sense Media Editors, Common Sense Media
"A gorgeously shot and smartly written outdoors adventure."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
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