By Leah Rozen Brenda Rodriguez
October 01, 2007 12:00 PM

Emile Hirsch, Catherine Keener, Hal Holbrook, William Hurt, Marcia Gay Harden | R |


Foolhardy brat or idealistic seeker? How you view Christopher McCandless (Hirsch) likely will determine how you respond to Into the Wild, director Sean Penn’s heartfelt but meandering movie depicting the real-life journey of an alienated recent college grad who donated all his money to charity, cut off communication with his parents and headed for Alaska, where he starved to death in 1992. He learns too late—for him and many viewers—that total self-reliance isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.