The River Wild
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In a change-of-pace role designed to prove that she could carry high-concept genre films as well as character-driven dramas, Meryl Streep headlined this fast-paced adventure as Gail, a whitewater rafting guide. For a vacation, Gail is accompanying her son Roarke (Joseph Mazzello) and workaholic husband Tom (David Strathairn) on a river trip. Gail and Tom are experiencing marital troubles and contemplating divorce, but their problems take a back seat when they encounter some menacing rafters led by Wade (Kevin Bacon). After Tom saves Wade from drowning, they discover that the men are murderous… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The perfect high old time for audiences in the mood to be tossed into the spin cycle for a pulse-pounding thrill ride."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"The thriller framework is still familiar, but the results exhibit a welcome freshness."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"corny but gripping"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"The title promises more than the film delivers."
‑ Gerry Shamray, Your Movies (
"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."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Another 1990s domestic parable chastising workaholic dads, The River Wild also functions as a gorgeous travelogue and a Meryl Streep action film."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Terrible "suspense" movie. Predictable and no action until the end."
‑ Fred Topel,
"[Streep's] role is ridiculous, and the scenes depicting her marital crisis play like a hokey prelude to the inevitable reconciliation."
‑ Stephen Farber, Movieline
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A buff Streep vs. bad guy Bacon on a wild river journey in which good acting overcomes several cliches."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"It looks like an action movie, sounds like an action movie, but there's a lot more going on here."
‑ Oz, Hollywood Bitchslap
"The real action star to threaten Bruce Willis' Die Hard crown and make us forget Sylvester Stallone's Cliffhanger and Demolition Man one-two punch from last year has emerged. And it's Meryl Streep."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
More reviews for The River Wild on Rotten Tomatoes

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