Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Jun 6, 2013
    Elegantly crafted and filled with flawless performances, this mysteriously charged drama comes alive in its very first frames.
  2. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Jun 6, 2013
    Wish You Were Here is mystery moviemaking at its most intriguing.
  3. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Jun 3, 2013
    The visceral fireworks of the characters’ arguments and the disintegration of trust among them are observed with unsettling intimacy in the script and in the emotional honesty of the performances...This is terrific stuff.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Jun 6, 2013
    The ending is neither outlandish nor foreseeable, which is its own impressive accomplishment.
  5. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Jun 3, 2013
    Despite its dubious inhabitants, the film consistently entertains by throwing the kinds of curves one should see coming but doesn’t.
  6. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Jun 5, 2013
    A pervasive mood of paranoia and unease overwhelms any immediate understanding of what’s going on. It’s fun to feel lost, at least for a spell.
  7. Reviewed by: William Goss
    Jun 3, 2013
    Wish You Were Here goes to a dramatically gripping place of guilt and doubt; if only its grip had held just a bit tighter.
  8. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Jun 4, 2013
    With greater faith in its material, the movie could have dispensed with its time jumps and saved the reveals for when they matter most.
  9. Reviewed by: Zachary Wigon
    Jun 4, 2013
    Stories built around a mystery can have a difficult time creating a satisfying answer, and this picture is no exception.
  10. Reviewed by:  Todd Gilchrist
    Jun 3, 2013
    Even though he only manages length and intensity when he’s aiming for emotional depth and dramatic sweep, Darcy-Smith does accomplish one rare feat with Wish You Were Here -- he somehow manages to tell a story that’s simultaneously mysterious and mostly uninteresting.
  11. Reviewed by: Abhimanyu Das
    Jun 3, 2013
    From the opening montage alone, it's clear that Australian director Kieran Darcy-Smith plans to play his cards close to the vest in this maddeningly underwritten thriller/domestic-drama hybrid.
  12. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jun 6, 2013
    After the painstaking buildup, the revelations are disappointingly predictable.
  13. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jun 6, 2013
    Though much of the film is overcooked and overwrought, it’s well-played, and writer-director Kieran Darcy-Smith keeps us guessing, and watching.
  14. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Jun 6, 2013
    A dull drama about domestic squabbling that hopes to be mistaken for a thriller.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jul 15, 2013
    Wish you were here delivers outstanding performances and great intense story of cheating and murder. It is one of the most moving movies 2013. The story and the characters are great with breathtaking performances coming for all the actors, it has the mystery angle done very well, with first rate art direction, it makes it one of the best movies 2013. Full Review »
  2. Jul 21, 2014
    A Australian married couple go to Cambodia with the married woman's younger sister and a new boyfriend, who somehow turns up missing.

    man who the family never knew well gets a very unhappy ending, and the husband here is sort of Dense I'd say.

    I felt much more for the missing man's family than the story of the marriage here....

    But the younger sister did have a point about her family and it's lack of emotional fiber... although she isn't blameless...

    Full Review »
  3. Jan 3, 2014
    there is an amazing sense of tension and power in this film. performances are uniformly excellent, especially from newcomer felicity price. ultimately it is let down from some familiar story turns, but ends with some real shocks which lifts the film. Full Review »