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  • Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan, Ed Oxenbould
  • Director: Paul Dano
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Running Time: 104 min.

14-year-old Joe is the only child of Jeanette and Jerry—a housewife and a golf pro—in a small town in 1960s Montana. Nearby, an uncontrolled forest fire rages close to the Canadian border, and when Jerry loses his job—and his sense of purpose—he decides to join the cause of fighting the fire, leaving his wife and son to fend for themselves. Suddenly forced into the role of an adult, Joe witnesses his mother’s struggle as she tries to keep her head above water.

"Wildlife is a domestic drama both sad and terrifying. The entire cast does exceptional work (Oxenbould is an exciting find), but the movie is anchored by Mulligan, who gives the best performance of any I’ve seen in film this year."
- Glenn Kenny, The New York Times
"[Dano] gives his actors space so that the rhythms are their own, and they hold us through the tough final scenes and bittersweet ending. This is a superb film. "
- David Edelstein, New York Magazine (Vulture)
"The film is filled with sensitive performances that help to upend the fantasy of the nuclear family as the cure for society’s ills. It’s a sparse but stunning mood piece, and a wonderful showcase for Dano as a uniquely family-driven auteur."
- Clint Worthington, Consequence of Sound
"We’ve seen stories like Wildlife done many times before but rarely are they done with such grace and humanity. "
- Matthew Passantino, Film Threat
"In capturing the crumbling of a family and the scars left behind, Paul Dano has made a fascinatingly complex portrait of the fracturing of American ideals. "
- Jordan Raup, The Film Stage
"Wildlife offers a fresh glimpse of lower-class anomie and the rhythms of life in a simpler time and place."
- Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"She's a woman out of time, and Ford's story, written 30 years ago, set 60 years ago, is strikingly resonant."
- Alex Godfrey, Time Out
"The whole of the film is a potent collaboration in every respect, and a remarkable directorial debut."
- Glenn Kenny, New York Times
"Carrie Mulligan ignites a blaze in actor-turned-director Paul Dano's moving familial melodrama about a 1960's housewife and mother who can't catch up with the feminist stirrings she feels inside. One word for Mulligan: Wow."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"It's one worth making the trip to the theater for. Wildlife isn’t just a great first film, it’s a great film. "
- Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press
"It's striking to see such a proven actress [like Carey Mulligan] deliver what's so clearly the best work of her career, but it's unsurprising that [Paul] Dano knows what to do with his cast."
- David Ehrlich, indieWire
"This is an accomplished, moving piece of filmmaking, one that cares about its characters and trusts its performers. It comes from a relatively old school of dramatic storytelling but it connects emotionally because of Dano’s tender but confident work and what he’s able to draw from two of the best performers of their generation. "
- Brian Tallerico,