The River Wild
The River Wild (1994)

This thriller filmed on location in Oregon and Montana, features Meryl Streep as a daring, strong mother who must navigate a raging river to save the lives of her husband and son. Streep performed 90% of the river stunts in the film. To… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 30, 1994
DVD Release Date: November 1, 1998
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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.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

If watched from a mildly amused, forgiving distance, the movie has its enjoyable moments -- good and campy.

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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.

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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James Berardinelli

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

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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Josh Larsen

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

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

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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
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
Candy Rose
Thriller about robbers who kidnap a family to help him escape down river. Good cast.
Tom Ericksen
I couldn't imagine Kevin Bacon as a villain, but he played a GREAT villain in this one --
Jim Careter
Exciting, but not rewatchable
Dean King
A pretty good thriller with a strong cast.

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