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Based on 14 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 100
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    One of the year's most fascinating flicks.... Brilliant performances by Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith and a newcomer named Ray Liotta give sparkle, and shadows, to Something Wild. [7 Nov 1986] show more

  • 80
    Julie Salamon Wall Street Journal

    Besides engineering top-notch performances from his actors, Mr. Demme also put together a soundtrack that enhances the movie's marvelous, quirky rhythms. He keeps you hooked into this unpredictable, pleasurable picture right through the closing credits. [6 Nov 1986] show more

  • 100
    Dave Kehr Chicago Tribune

    It has wit, originality, color, warmth and formal intelligence. It tempers its escapist dash with a touch of darkness, and for all of its playfulness, never departs from a fundamental seriousness.... Something Wild is superbly unpredictable. [7 Nov 1986] show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Something Wild is quite a movie. Demme is a master of finding the bizarre in the ordinary. show more

  • 88
    TV Guide

    With a screenplay from first-time screenwriter E. Max Frye and superior performances from his principal cast, Demme has created a unique and likable film. show more

  • 88
    Jay Scott The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Demme not only gives the script's nuttiness its due, he adds to it by filling the frame in virtually every scene with silliness - a motorcycle- riding dog, a harpsichordist, a man wearing a T-shirt that reads, "I don't love you since you ate my dog." [7 Nov 1986] show more

  • 50
    Boston Globe

    After an hour of biting charm, Something Wild turns into something else. In a twist that turns the movie into a silly story of violence, Demme surrenders his style to a stupid plot. [7 Nov 1986] show more

  • 90
    Sheila Benson Los Angeles Times

    Demme finds haunting overtones in the somewhat old-hat situations of E. Max Frye's first screenplay. Something Wild also has three first-class performances: by Daniels, who seems to have resources that his earlier roles never touched; by electrifying newcomer Ray Liotta, and by Griffith as the maddening, mysterious Lulu. [6 Nov 1986] show more

  • 80
    Washington Post

    But for the first time in a long while, this is a movie that lets Demme be Demme, and the result is a film that's more than enjoyable. It's a blast. show more

  • 80
    Chicago Reader

    Jonathan Demme's picaresque joyride across the American landscape is still arguably the best thing he's ever done. show more

  • February 12, 2011 Lois DiLorenzo
    Report This User

    Thank you. I had forgoten the name of this movie. My husband and I loved it at the time. We would love to see it again.

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