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2008-10-18 by Bob MondelloAs [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.
2008-02-22 by Amy NicholsonPenn's main idea about going native is making eye contact with a deer.
2007-11-08 by David JenkinsThe 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.
2007-11-01 by David AnsenHirsch, who carries the film on his increasingly emaciated shoulders, performs heroically, but there's an edge missing.
2007-10-05 by Rene RodriguezThe 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.
2007-10-05 by Amy BiancolliWithout diminishing the deep transcendentalist yearnings of its young hero, Into the Wild builds to a climax of profound human connectedness, profound human pain.
2007-10-05 by Tom LongInto the Wild takes your heart and shakes it, offering inspiration, exasperation and blunt realization in a true story of one young man's dream and nightmare.
Detroit Free Press
2007-10-05 by Terry LawsonIt's a beautiful, big, sorrowful film that manages to celebrate America while reexamining what it has stood for and what it has become.
2007-10-05 by Lisa KennedyIt is we who are made a little more complete for wrestling with, and watching, Penn's film.
2007-10-04 by Roger MooreIt's a gorgeous, self-assured, thrilling and entertainingly intimate epic, an actor's picture in front of and behind the camera.
2007-10-01 by David DenbySean Penn's Into the Wild is certainly visual -- it's entirely too visual, to the point of being cheaply lyrical.
2007-09-28 by Geoff PevereSuper '70s in both style and sensibility, Into the Wild does for vagabond New Age souls what Deliverance did for misguided suburban macho.
2007-09-28 by Moira MacDonaldBeautifully structured and performed.
San Jose Mercury News
2007-09-28 by Bruce NewmanIn its expansive spirit of investigation and embrace of life as a creative act, Into the Wild comes as close as any picture ever made to capturing the America that Jack Kerouac discovered half a century ago.
San Francisco Chronicle
2007-09-28 by Mick LaSalleThis is one of those movies I can imagine deciding is a masterpiece in a month's time. And by any measure, "Into the Wild" is a big leap forward for Penn as a director and deserves to be one of the most talked about films of the season.
2007-09-28 by Roger EbertSean Penn's spellbinding film adaptation of this book stays close to the source.
2007-09-28 by Ty BurrSequences are gorgeously filmed by cinematographer Eric Gautier, and they're heady with the joy of discovery -- they make you want to hit the road into the magnificent landscape we forget is out there.
Globe and Mail
2007-09-28 by Rick GroenA road movie with a lofty message that too frequently gets lost in its own thematic barrens. Whereas Krakauer's disturbing book sticks with you, Penn's movie, wrapped in the balloon of its fanciful rhetoric, just floats off.
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