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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    Michael WardShould I See It
    ...too calculated, too artificial, and too inorganic to find a true, beating heart.
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    Allison RoseFlickDirect
    Ford is the best part of this version and the script is strong, but the overuse of CGI brought the production level down a few notches.
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    Sr. Rose PacatteSt. Anthony Messenger
    The film may be named The Call of the Wild, but it's really a call to community.
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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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