The Call of the Wild

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61% Fresh Tomatometer Score61%
  • It's undermined by distracting and unnecessary CGI, but this heartwarming Call of the Wild remains a classic story, affectionately retold.
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    Jake CoyleAssociated Press
    There is little here, amid the high-tech photorealistic animations, that would satisfy London's concept of "wild."
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    Richard RoeperChicago Sun-Times
    Harrison Ford does quietly powerful work as author Jack London's hero, but his computer-generated co-star looks weird.
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    Kevin MaherTimes (UK)
    If you squint your eyes and blur out the effects (it's not only Buck - all the dogs, squirrels, wolves and bears are computer-generated) you are left with a fantastically muscular tale from the Logan co-screenwriter Michael Green.
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    Charlotte O'SullivanLondon Evening Standard
    Ach, it's easier to go with the flow, even if the script, inspired by Jack London's 1903 novel, is flagrantly sappy and frequently ridiculous.
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    Christy LemireFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    It occupies a very uncomfortable middle ground in terms of the ideal audience that it's for... It's got some thrilling moments, but it has way too many cheesy moments.
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    Asher LubertoL.A. Weekly
    The Call of the Wild proves that you can teach an old dog new tricks. Thanks to a cute puppy and charming characters, Jack London's classic novel, which has translated poorly to the big screen thus far, finally comes to life here.
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    David NusairReel Film Reviews
    There's never a point at which The Call of the Wild doesn't come off as a somewhat misguided endeavor...
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    Bob ChipmanEscapist Magazine
    Seriously does not want to be one single thing more than a quietly-moving movie about an old man and a dog camping in the woods and figuring out what's really important in life - and it really commits to that.
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    Matt RodgersFlickering Myth
    The Call of the Wild is more Scooby-Doo and Shaggy than The Incredible Journey, but it's overriding sense of good-natured joy, plus a grizzled Harrison Ford, carry it through the rougher waters towards becoming a gentle, feel-good recommendation.
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    Elsa Fernández-SantosEl Pais (Spain)
    Special effects capable of turning this northern adventure into an amusement park dedicated to Jack London. [Full Review in Spanish]
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