The Wild Life
Imdb Code: 0088402
Release date: 2016-09-09
Age restriction: 13
From the over-exuberant parrot Mak to the snack-obsessed tapir Rosie, from the persnickety echidna Epi to the acrobatic pangolin Pango, from the ditzy goat Scrubby to the commonsensical kingfisher Kiki and the always-cool chameleon Carmello, things are larger-than-life on a tropical isle that is pure wild animal paradise. Then Robinson Crusoe, a marooned human, arrives in the midst of a furious storm, and their lives are forever changed by this bewildering new "creature." No matter their differences, castaway human and quirky animals embark on an hilarious new adventure, building the island's first tree-house and surviving together. But when two conniving members of the animal kingdom - the savage cats Mal & May - pounce into a battle for control of the island, Crusoe and his animal posse must uncover the true power of friendship against all odds (even savage cats).Tweet
Last 19 Comments About The Wild Life Movie
- Michael Ordona / 8, 08 2017 / San Francisco Chronicle
It exists in the kids-only zone where parents go to pay for their sins or, hopefully, get a nap.
- Andrew Parker / 8, 09 2017 / Globe and Mail
Has a handful of novel 3-D effects, lots of bright colours, competent animation and little else.
- Tom Russo / 8, 08 2017 / Boston Globe
The animators are clearly trying to craft something bubbly, but they misguidedly go all in on imitating the contemporary Disney model - or DreamWorks', at least - rather than offering anything different.
- Claudia Puig / 8, 08 2017 / TheWrap
A dull, uninspired and frantically tedious animated re-telling of the Robinson Crusoe story, complete with a menagerie of ditzy, caterwauling beasts. Consequently, this cacophonous misfire feels a good deal longer than its 91-minute running time.
- Chris Packham / 8, 01 2017 / Village Voice
Through photos and family lore, but mostly through Dayton's own eloquence, Mitchell assembles a biographical portrait that's inspiring in the best possible way.
- Sheila O'Malley / 8, 09 2017 / RogerEbert.com
There's always a lot to look at. The script is so-so, but the total lack of snark and cynicism in the film is refreshing.
- Jordan Mintzer / 8, 31 2017 / Hollywood Reporter
An impressively made if highly juvenile version of a literary classic.
- Rafer Guzman / 8, 08 2017 / Newsday
A confused, charmless take on the Robinson Crusoe story.
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky / 8, 08 2017 / AV Club
The sort of uninspired international pre-sales item that usually goes straight from a basement booth at the Cannes film market to a Netflix parent's peripheral vision.
- Helen T. Verongos / 8, 08 2017 / New York Times
"The Wild Life" is pretty to look at, with its skies and ocean, calm or stormy, and it has a driving soundtrack. But the story lacks that extra layer of complexity and meaning that parents can appreciate.
- Jody Mitori / 8, 08 2017 / St. Louis Post-Dispatch
It's like the generic version of a Disney movie.
- Peter Debruge / 8, 27 2017 / Variety
Whether dangling characters off the edge of a cliff or zooming around Crusoe's rickety wooden waterslide, the story is constantly on the go, launching objects and characters along the Z axis - and out over the audiences' heads.
- Soren Anderson / 8, 08 2017 / Seattle Times
All things considered, this pitifully plotted Belgian-French production represents the nadir of animated movies released so far this year, a farrago of frantic action and mindless cacophony.
- Raakhee Mirchandani / 8, 13 2017 / New York Daily News
Kids might be amused, but adults will find the jokes weak, the narrative bleak and little to pass the time between animal chase scenes.
- Sara Stewart / 8, 08 2017 / New York Post
Belgians may have bragging rights on waffles, but judging from "The Wild Life," their animated fare needs help.
- Adam Graham / 8, 09 2017 / Detroit News
"The Wild Life" is an import from Belgium that should have been left at customs.
- Anita Gates / 8, 03 2017 / New York Times
The burning question is why Mr. Hyde's story has never been made into a feature film.
- Stephanie Merry / 8, 09 2017 / Washington Post
It's no great shock when a movie based on a beloved book falls short of the original, but few fail as confoundingly as "The Wild Life."
- Christy Lemire / 8, 04 2017 / RogerEbert.com
Pacing can be painfully languid, to the point of being nap-inducing.