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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: 8 out of 34
  2. Negative: 10 out of 34
  1. Reviewed by: Drew McWeeny
    Jul 18, 2014
    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
    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: Olly Richards
    Sep 29, 2014
    Since the adorable, simple Garden State, Braff’s ambitions as a filmmaker have grown. He’s reaching for answers to really big questions, but they are, just slightly, beyond his grasp.
  4. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Jan 27, 2014
    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
    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
    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
    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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
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  1. Oct 14, 2014
    A very good film with love without mushiness, comedy without being idiot, and Zach Braf is amazing with a real touch of him on the realisation and in his character. The casting is just incredible. Don't miss it. It deserve 2 hours of your life. Expand
  2. Oct 9, 2014
    I live in Russia, where a good film a great rarity.
    The film "Wish I was here," amazing. Not everyone will like it, but this movie is very
    rare peace.
    I did not leave to go to him in the movie (I found out later about the film already) and I donated money on Kickstarter. I watched Garden State and I already knew what to expect from the director of the new film and wish I had known about it earlier.
    (In Russian film got, we can say thanks to the effort of one man . Thank him for that)
  3. Jul 30, 2014
    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.
  4. Sep 25, 2014
    Plot/Story: "Wish I Was Here" in a few words is Cliche and Predictable. Every single thing that happens it's like "Yup knew it". There are absolutely zero surprises in this movie. A good film should be unpredictable and leave you with no clue on what is to happen next. It is also very "Cliche". You will find very little here that has not already been done in many other films. These two points are big ones that take away from the whole movie. The comedy also was not that great. I feel like there was no in between. Either the jokes were hilarious or they flat lined. As the movie went on the jokes became less funny. The beginning of the movie showed quite a lot of potential. All the comedy was nice, the plot looked like it would go in another direction, and it looked enjoyable. You don't really care for the characters at all because you have seen it all before. None of this is terrible...... It is just mediocre. 4/10

    Characters and Actors: Zach Braff play's Aidan Bloom and he does a pretty good job. His performance was the best part of this film. There isn't really any chemistry between any of the characters. All the characters are just there. Kate Hudson plays his wife Sarah, Josh Gad play's his brother Noah, and Mandy Patinkin plays his father. Though have to give prop's to Joey King and Pierce Gagnon who play Braff's kids, for child actors I thought they were well above average. Aside from Braff's, Kings's, and Gagnon's performances the rest were pretty average. 7/10

    Overall: Just a mediocre film that showed a lot of potential in the beginning and just went downhill. And that's what this movie is, potential. It has the potential to be funny, it has the potential to be emotionally heavy; but no one in the entire production chose to take a single risk and as a result we get a predictable and cliche movie. Aside from the three great performances I mentioned earlier and one running joke within the movie there's nothing special to make me wish I was here.
  5. Aug 2, 2014
    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