Into the Wild Synopsis
Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch) sheds his possessions and makes an ill-fated trek to Alaska.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Absolutely Engrossing Film Had to see it 3 times

By OutdoorGurl
As an outdoor enthusiast and trained whitewater paddler I must say this film was absolutely AMAZING! I also LOVED Krakauers book. I must admit i was never any huge fan of Sean Penn but I applaude...

"happiness only real when shared."

By rosettamarie
Into the Wild is definitely a story that must be witnessed by all. The wisdom of the world shines through Emile Hirsch's haunting portrayal of Christopher McCandless; this movie, above all, tells a...

Incrediby Powerful, Beautiful, AMAZING

By quaidlong
Rarely have I been more moved by a film. The performances were brilliant, especially Mr. Hirsch, Ms. Keener and the endearing, heartbreaking Hal Holbrook. Tears began streaming quietly down my face...

Award Worthy Efforts!

By rattlesnakeruss
Paramoun/Vantage, Sean Penn, Emile Hirsh, Jon Krakauer, etc., all deserve exemplary credit for bringing this true life adventure to the cinema where we can all learn something from this brave young...


By primkat86
Phenomenal acting! Just sad it took me so long to watch it!...

Solemn and solid

By Skyliners
a very captivating film. I can't recall having seen anything similar in which I knew the ultimate outcome and was still so gripped by the main character's life and actions, yet I hoped for, well,...

I created an account so I could review this movie

By micaelasofi
This move was so amazing. I really did create an account so I could review it. I scoffed a bit at the beginning, but the actors were amazing and the characters so real. I liked the character more and...

Into the wild

By liamrocks
i was/am a huge fan of the book and was not disappointed in any way with the movie. I think Sean Penn did a brilliant job bringing christopher mccandless's story to the screen. I feel he caught the...

Not that great

By bigbds
I'm not sure what really went on but boy... this movie made Chris out to be a selfish little dude. Didn't really like the lead character from the start. The supporting cast was awesome but, Chris...

Extraordinary and Moving

By IrvThal
Until about the 45-minute mark, "Into the Wild" seemed to be everything I was fearing -- a celebration of a hippie joker who becomes "enlightened" by spurning society. And then, through narration,...

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Rated R | For language and some nudity
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Powerful, tragic true story is too heavy for kids.
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