Into the Wild
Into the Wild (2007)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 19, 2007
DVD Release Date: March 4, 2008
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With his sturdy cast and confident direction, Sean Penn has turned a complex work of non-fiction like Into the Wild into an accessible and poignant character study.

Bob Mondello

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.

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David Ansen

Hirsch, who carries the film on his increasingly emaciated shoulders, performs heroically, but there's an edge missing.

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Sean Axmaker
Stream on Demand

Sean Penn's adaptation of Jon Krakauer's non-fiction book is a bracing cinematic plunge into the odyssey of Christopher McCandless.

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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

Penn's main idea about going native is making eye contact with a deer.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

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.

JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Every once in awhile, a movie will come outta nowhere and blow your socks off.

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David Jenkins
Time Out

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.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

Without diminishing the deep transcendentalist yearnings of its young hero, Into the Wild builds to a climax of profound human connectedness, profound human pain.

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Joshua Starnes

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
Christopher McCandless: The core of mans' spirit comes from new experiences. "Go with your heart." Into the Wild is one of those movies that… More
"A favorite. I loved it. The story is beautiful. It's shot beautifully too by the talented hand of Sean Penn. The cast was amazing too. The best… More
Sam Barnett
"Into the Wild" is an exercise in teen angst and disillusionment put onto film - which is to say, earnest in its intentions, loud and blunt in its… More
Jack Hawkins
This film was recommended to me by a couple of mates, and I was looking forward to it, it had an interesting premise, but by not even half-way through, the film… More
Louis Rogers
Firstly, if anyone is considering seeing this film please just watch it NOW, and read nothing more on it. There are mainstream reviews out there by great… More
Kevin M. Williams
Sean Penn's elegant adaptation of Krakauer's popular novel, simultaneously sweet and bittersweet, follows an young man's rebellious and solitary… More