Garden State Synopsis
Young man returns home for his mother's funeral after being estranged from his family for a decade.
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Premiere

By Peter Debruge
Garden State gets it. Not since "The Graduate" has a movie nailed the beautiful terror of standing on the brink of adulthood with such...
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

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Writer/director Zach Braff has threaded a powerful and intelligent personal story through a genre all too rare today – romantic comedy.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
It's a hilarious and heartfelt ode to twentysomething angst. Braff has himself a winner.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Sometimes veers off into preciosity. But it offers something rare in the bond between Andrew and Sam.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
The best performances are those of Portman and the resourceful Peter Sarsgaard (Shattered Glass) as Mark.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Certainly Garden State is a very American specimen of debut indie form, its loose, goof-about scenes of comic melancholy reinforced with...
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Though unlikely to have the lasting quality of "The Graduate," it feels a bit like that seminal film for today's generation.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
A standard issue, first-movie navel-gaze whose cobwebs Braff meticulously sweeps away by directing the bejesus out of it. The photography...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
What the movie lacks -- a big lack, not a fatal lack -- is a compelling character at its center. Everyone in Garden State is fun, skewed,...
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40

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Mr. Braff's idea of self-discovery is my idea of narcissism.
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A Good Story

By TMapou
I have always enjoyed Zach Braff on "Scrubs," but he showed off his writing skills in this movie. It started off somewhat slow, but started to pick up once Natalie Portman's character came on the...

Amazing!

By Heather_Renee
This movie is simply amazing. A definate buy. Zach Braff is perfect. Buy the soundtrack. It will change your life. Watch the movie and see what I mean....

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Rated R | For language, drug use and a scene of sexuality
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 16 & under Smart drama for mature older teens and up.
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