Though the structure of Sean Penn‘s Into The Wild may be tragic, “its spirit is anything but,” writes N.Y. Times critic A.O. Scott. “It is infused with an expansive, almost giddy sense of possibility, and it communicates a pure, unaffected delight in open spaces, fresh air and bright sunshine. [It is] alive to the mysteries and difficulties of experience in a way that very few recent American movies have been. The film’s imperfection, like its grandeur, arises from a passionate, generous impulse that is as hard to resist as the call of the open road.”