Reviews: Wish I Was Here (2014)

wish_i_was_hereReviews for this film from our members:

  • Erik Childress @ Film Threat
    • Excerpt: Braff’s heart is very much “in it” as Natalie Portman’s Sam would say, and while his character fantasizes about science fiction role-playing, the complete storyteller is looking for the reality in our everyday fictions and how it applies to all of us.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Braff has made a coming of age saga for a grown man. It works in part, his central theme a good one, but his more puerile filmmaking tendencies weaken its impact. Hudson, however, is excellent, the most mature element of a too fanciful film.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: For brief moments, Wish I Was Here gets it, only to return to its distancing ways.
  • Travis Hopson @ Examiner
    • Excerpt: a heartfelt clarion call to arms for those with dreams that will never fade.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Zach Braff had to wait 10 long years to try and recreate Garden State’s magic…and he swings and misses.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Wish I Was Here is just never as organically messy or as transcendently life-affirming as it wants to be.
  • Oktay Ege Kozak @ DVD Talk
  • Kristen Lopez @ Award
    • Excerpt: Wish I Was Here is a vanity project trying to recapture the same themes, but Braff is no longer adrift
  • Piers Marchant @ arkansas democrat-gazette
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Never becomes anything more than an enemic sit-com leavened with heavy-handed doses of mawkishness. ‘Wish I Was Here’ will make you wish you weren’t.
  • Mel Valentin @ Next Projection
    • Excerpt: A decade-in-the-making, deeply disappointing follow-up to Braff’s Garden State.

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