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  • Summary: Aidan Bloom, a 35-year-old struggling actor, father and husband is still trying to find his identity, a purpose for his life. He winds up trying to home school his two children when his father can no longer afford to pay for private education and the only available public school is on its last legs. Through teaching them about life his way, Aidan gradually discovers some of the parts of himself he couldn't find. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Boyd van Hoeij
    Jan 27, 2014
    70
    A more mature work from actor-director-producer Zach Braff that feels like a Garden State for grown-ups.
  2. Reviewed by: William Goss
    Jan 27, 2014
    57
    Sprawling between plot lines and shifting between tones for longer than it ought to, but laden with enough pockets of truth to make you wish it had been better, more restrained, more disciplined, more trusting in its own emotional sensitivity to spare us all manner of dorky detours.
  3. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Jan 27, 2014
    50
    Braff hasn't made another generational statement, but rather a regurgitation of tropes that got old a long time ago.
  4. Reviewed by: Cory Everett
    Jan 27, 2014
    42
    Wish I Was Here is not a total disaster, but the tricky tone seems like it needed more time in the editing room to focus its story and trim some of the extraneous threads.
  5. Reviewed by: Amber Wilkinson
    Jan 27, 2014
    40
    It feels as though it would have been better served as a six-part sitcom, where its sentimentality, broad comedy and fantasy elements wouldn't rub up against each other so badly.
  6. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Jan 27, 2014
    30
    The result is unquestionably an auteur film, but one festooned with so many bad and unnecessary ideas that one can’t help wondering if a more modest, hemmed-in version of the same project might not have proved more effective.

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