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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 itsAidan 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
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 34
  2. Negative: 10 out of 34
  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: Olly Richards
    Sep 29, 2014
    60
    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
    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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Oct 14, 2014
    10
    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 realisationA 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
    9
    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
    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)
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  3. 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
    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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  4. Mar 16, 2015
    7
    "Wish I Was Here" is a very inspiring film that was relatable to real life situations & crisis. Not many scenes that were meant for the"Wish I Was Here" is a very inspiring film that was relatable to real life situations & crisis. Not many scenes that were meant for the audience to laugh, but the plot was splendid & moving. As a Zach Braff fan, I think he did a great job in both directing & acting in this film. Expand
  5. 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 contributingThis 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
  6. Jan 27, 2015
    5
    Astoundingly average. The kind of film you can walk away from at any point and not feel like you missed anything. Watch this if you literallyAstoundingly average. The kind of film you can walk away from at any point and not feel like you missed anything. Watch this if you literally have watched every decent film in the world and you want to waste some time. Expand
  7. Jan 19, 2015
    4
    I am a Braff fan, and I enjoyed the inside Jewish humor in the movie. However, it felt like it was trying too hard to be Little MissI am a Braff fan, and I enjoyed the inside Jewish humor in the movie. However, it felt like it was trying too hard to be Little Miss Sunshine... lacking originality in many scenes. Expand

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