(I) (2013)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

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100
What's on screen will leave you in a state of wonder. The sweeping cinematography surveys the cracked earth and Davidson's chapped skin with equal intensity, as if to remind us how vulnerable we puny mortals are.
100
Wall Street Journal
The best part of Tracks - aside from the spectacular images, the succinct dialogue, the elegant filmmaking and the mysterious beauty of Mia Wasikowska's performance - is what's left unsaid.
100
That Robyn succeeds reaching her geographic destination is hardly a surprise. But this movie is not driven by plot but rather the delicate emotional ballet performed so expertly by Wasikowska.
100
Alternately haunting, inspiring and dreamily meditative, this is a visually majestic film of transfixing moods and textures.
90
Anchored by a fine and flinty performance from Mia Wasikowska, director John Curran's gorgeously rendered adventure saga succeeds not only in capturing the harshness and wild beauty of Davidson's journey, but also in mapping a delicate interior pathway into the heart of this most atypical explorer.
88
Though dialogue is kept to a minimum, the deeply felt, complex performance by Mia Wasikowska and the assured direction of John Curran render the film - based on a true story - a riveting adventure, as well as a dreamy meditative saga.
88
Whatever your movie plans, you miss Tracks at your aesthetic pleasure peril. It#039;s a truly outstanding cinema experience.
88
Add to those John Curran's adaptation of Robyn Davidson's autobiographical book “Tracks.” In it he presents a vision of nature that shimmers with uncanny beauty and eerie solitude, transcended by Mia Wasikowska in one of the best performances of the year.
88
Wasikowska is wonderful here, unaffected and affecting, but then she has long been a young actress conveying a rich and shadowy interior life on screen. She humanized the Tim Burton "Alice in Wonderland," so clearly she can do nearly anything.
88
Even with a voice-over narration, and conversations with her dog, Robyn's nomadic quest is full of grand silences, all the better to take in the sky, the rocks, the world spinning underfoot. Wasikowska plays this wordless wanderer just right. That is, she makes her real.
80
However familiar the terrain, this is a vivid, heartbreaking and captivating character piece and travel movie in one, guided by an outstanding Wasikowska.
80
Tracks might be a bit slow for some, but it's one of those films that quietly creeps up on you.
80
This is a simple and beautiful journey undertaken purely for its own sake, and approached in that spirit, Tracks will lead you to a place of quiet wonder.
75
Curran (“The Painted Veil”) never imposes any additional structure on Davidson's story, which may test the patience of some viewers. But I found the sprawling, wild visuals in Tracks, and the long silences as the sunburned Robyn traverses some of the world's least hospitable lands, meditative and moving.
75
When it finally ended, I felt like I had traveled the distance in the next sleeping bag. It's exhausting but exhilarating.
75
Tracks is an exhilarating adventure that opens up an unknown world to most of us and does it so well that we feel we're living it too.
75
The film's undoubtedly a gorgeous look at the Australian outback, but those looking for deeper nourishment will be left a touch disappointed.
73
While hardly insightful as a character study, Tracks can't help but flourish as an Aussie travelogue, with cinematographer Mandy Walker doing justice to these vast and harsh environments.
67
Singled-handedly carrying the story to its inevitable conclusion, [Wasikowska] gives Tracks a level of depth that nothing else in the movie can provide.
63
The feminist bent of Robyn's quest nicely shadows the film without ever being stated aloud.
60
It's in Wasikowska's confident performance alone that it's more gratifying to acknowledge any motives. The Australian actress appears to come of age in by far her most assured role, every bit believable as a tough but introverted city girl making her way in her country's Outback
60
The scenery is stunning and the story compelling, but some viewers will find it easier to admire Tracks than to engage with this meditative tale of Robyn Davidson (played beautifully by Mia Wasikowska).

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