The Call of the Wild

    The Call of the Wild


    Buck is a big-hearted dog whose blissful domestic life is turned upside down when he is suddenly uprooted from his California home and transplanted to the exotic wilds of the Yukon during the Gold Rush of the 1890s. As the newest rookie on a mail delivery dog sled team—and later its leader—Buck experiences the adventure of a lifetime, ultimately finding his true place in the world and becoming his own master.

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    • Harrison FordJohn Thornton
    • Dan StevensHal
    • Colin WoodellCharles
    • Karen GillanMercedes
    • Omar SyPerreault
    • Raven ScottPastry Chef
    • Wes BrownMountie
    • Cara GeeFrançoise
    • Jean Louisa KellyKatie Miller
    • Terry NotaryRail Worker / Live Action Reference Performance of Buck


    • 75

      Slant Magazine

      The film’s avoidance of cruel Gold Rush realities is more than made up for by its spirited kineticism and by its deepening of the man-dog bond that forms the heart of London’s story.
    • 60


      For all the wholesome cheesiness of much of the film, you’d have to have a pretty hard heart not to be touched by it.
    • 60

      The Guardian

      The result is a bit corny, a bit cheesy and you might feel self-conscious going, “Aww …” at creatures that are not real dogs but laptop fabrications. But it’s a robust and old-fashioned entertainment with some real storytelling bite.
    • 50

      Washington Post

      Stands out for its earnest effort to entertain without commenting on itself or the modern world.
    • 50

      The Hollywood Reporter

      The results are visually disorienting, to say the least. Although Notary and the special effects team do as good a job as technology allows, the expressive Buck never quite looks real. And you keep expecting him and the rest of the animals to burst into song.
    • 50


      The 2020 Call of the Wild isn’t all-out atrocity so much as a question mark, a formulaic adventure story spruced up with cutting-edge technology in search of a purpose.
    • 50

      The A.V. Club

      It is neither disaster nor dream, landing firmly somewhere in the disappointing middle.
    • 45


      Slow, emotionless and boasting fairly mediocre production values, this misguided kid movie turns Jack London’s classic tale about the natural world into something barely recognizable as part of that world.

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