Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The beauty of Into the Wild, which Penn has written and directed with magnificent precision and imaginative grace, is that what Christopher is running from is never as important as what he's running TO.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
They are the only misstep in Penn's otherwise sure-footed journey to what he reveals as the heart of lightness.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Penn, in tandem with the superb cinematographer Eric Gautier (The Motorcycle Diaries), captures the majesty and terror of the wilderness in ways that make you catch your breath.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Captivating and multifaceted.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
From seductive start to shattering finish, the film is as stirring, entertaining and steadfastly thrilling as it is beautiful.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A big leap forward for Penn as a director and deserves to be one of the most talked about films of the season.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
One such paradox, which Into the Wild doesn't note, is that those who flee civilization more often than not bring it with them. The bus in which Christopher McCandless died is now a tourist destination.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Penn is projecting heroic qualities onto a young guy who simply got in over his head.
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The Hollywood Reporter

Penn opts for epic proportions and clutters his narrative with gimmicks. For the most part, it works. What's missing is the perspective and insight that would illuminated the inner dimensions of a driven young man who is preachy and downright irritating.
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73 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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