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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. Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 33
  2. Negative: 10 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Drew McWeeny
    Jul 18, 2014
    100
    Everything is written to theme. Everything moves the film forward. When it comes down to the last half-hour, Braff manages a long sustained emotional crescendo packed with both laughs and tears, and it is accomplished work, carefully balanced, beautifully constructed.
  2. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Jul 16, 2014
    75
    There are enough sharp one-liners and funny situations to keep things entertaining even as Braff delves (lightly) into genuine dilemmas confronting many a married couple.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Jul 15, 2014
    60
    Wish I Was Here is at least stretching toward something, and even if its reach exceeds its grasp, Braff's earnest determination as a filmmaker and performer helps smooth out some of the awkward bumps.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jul 17, 2014
    40
    One problem with “Wish” is that Braff tries to cram so much into it, no scene ever exists for its own sake, to establish rhythm or help us know these characters outside of the ongoing family crises.
  6. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Jul 16, 2014
    38
    Director/co-writer/actor Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here is a precious and condescending exercise in self-indulgent pandering, featuring one of the whiniest lead characters in recent memory.
  7. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Jul 17, 2014
    12
    A sweet and sloppy jumble of fantasy, sentimentality, comedy and soul-searching that feels like a sitcom that never got past the pilot stage.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jul 30, 2014
    9
    I REALLY don't want to spoil this movie, so here is couple of things about it.
    Great Soundtrack. Movie is not boring and pretty funny. Watch
    it! You won't regret it
    It's magnificent on my opinion.
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  2. Aug 2, 2014
    5
    This is the project that Zach Braff co-wrote/directed/stars in and famously raised the money on Kickstarter. When I saw it, one contributing member of the audience stayed thru the credits to see her name…alas, she was not one of the few selected from the 46K contributors. She was disappointed and so was I (for different reasons). Braff plays an unsuccessful actor, who's supported by wife Kate Hudson and trying to raise 2 kids. It has tastes of the quirky style he demonstrated in "Garden State," but it's trying too hard to find that left-field charm. Then comes his father's death, which permeates the final act with tedious drama. While it's well enough directed and the performances are fine, his ambitious but unsuccessful script drags the whole thing down. Expand

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