Wild Tigers I Have Known (2007) - Rotten Tomatoes

Wild Tigers I Have Known (2007)



Critic Consensus: Beautiful imagery and sharp performances make Wild Tigers a memorable film from first-time director Cam Archer.

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Logan, soft-spoken, lonely, and 13-years-old, is a boy with a crush. Unlike his equally lonely friend Joey, who obsesses over the sexual exploits of the slightly older, post-pubescent boys, Logan is fixated on the boys themselves--particularly Rodeo Walker. Rodeo is the only one of the group of cool kids who shows any friendliness towards Logan, meaning he does not go out of his way to make Logan's life miserable. As Logan and Rodeo strike-up a mismatched friendship, the kind that only works on taking deep walks into the forest when no one else is around, Logan's infatuation with Rodeo inspires him to create a new persona named Leah. Leah and Rodeo grow close through whispered late night phone calls, and when Leah agrees to meet Rodeo face to face, it is Logan who must finally prove that he can ask for what he so achingly wants.

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Fairuza Balk
as Logan's Mom
Kim Dickens
as Counselor
Tom Gilroy
as Principal
Ruth Elliott
as Voice of Leah
Lisa Hadley
as Kelly's Mom
Kylee Lehe
as Excited Woman/Teacher
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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (12)

This is lyricism at its most extreme, at once gripping and off-putting because Archer views his characters as if he were gawking at them through the bars of a cage.

May 1, 2007 | Full Review…

[Director] Archer isn't necessarily taking us anywhere new, but his movie's rapture is beautiful inside and out.

April 13, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Wild Tigers I Have Known studiously avoids the clichés of the genre. It's also exasperatingly inconclusive. Its dreamy, enigmatic characters often fail to engage.

April 13, 2007 | Rating: 2/4

The filmmaker, Cam Archer, seems to be trying for a mood of hazy self-pity, which he achieves just enough to make you wish he'd get over it.

March 7, 2007 | Rating: F

While there's something admirable in [director] Archer's attempt at making an ambient song of the self out of the protagonist's search for sexual identity (along with some heavily metaphorical mountain-lion attacks), the result is empty.

March 3, 2007 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…

Young writer-director Cam Archer uses disjointed imagery, textures and clashing sound to create something seamlessly odd and poignantly pubescent.

March 1, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4

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