The River Wild
The River Wild (1994)

Action/thriller in which Meryl Streep battles psycho Kevin Bacon while hurtling down treacherous rapids in a rubber raft.

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 1, 1998
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Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
55%
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User Score
51%



Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

The perfect high old time for audiences in the mood to be tossed into the spin cycle for a pulse-pounding thrill ride.

James Berardinelli
ReelViews

The thriller framework is still familiar, but the results exhibit a welcome freshness.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

corny but gripping

Rita Kempley
Washington Post

O'Neill proves to be a squeamish screenwriter. He doesn't allow his villain to do anything truly unnerving until the story's nearly done.

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Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm

Another 1990s domestic parable chastising workaholic dads, The River Wild also functions as a gorgeous travelogue and a Meryl Streep action film.

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Fred Topel
About.com

Terrible "suspense" movie. Predictable and no action until the end.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Constructed from so many ideas, characters and situations recycled from other movies that all the way down the river I kept thinking: Been there. Done that.

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Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

A buff Streep vs. bad guy Bacon on a wild river journey in which good acting overcomes several cliches.

Oz
Hollywood Bitchslap

It looks like an action movie, sounds like an action movie, but there's a lot more going on here.

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Flixster Audience Score: 51% Flixster User Reviews
Jason Spencer
I really dig this flick. It's good to see Streep doing something this fun and Bacon makes a great villain. I've seen it at least 15 times and I never… More
Anthony Lawrie
Hated it. I wanted everyone to drown.
Candy Rose
Thriller about robbers who kidnap a family to help him escape down river. Good cast.
Jason Owens
"The River Wild" was one of my favorite movies of 1994. Gail (Meryl Streep), her husband, and her son decide to take a white-water rafting trip. They… More
Jim Careter
Exciting, but not rewatchable
Tom Ericksen
I couldn't imagine Kevin Bacon as a villain, but he played a GREAT villain in this one --

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