100

Washington Post

The vignettes are linked as much by theme as story, yet they're carefully structured and delicately balanced.
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100

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Kore-eda does extraordinary work with his young cast, who deliver gentle, natural performances in a beautifully told story of heartbreak and hope. Deceptively modest and utterly lovely, it's one of the most magical films about childhood I have ever seen.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Kore-eda, deploying a Western pop score by the Japanese indie-rock band Quruli, just lets these kids be kids.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The brothers Maeda are pure gold; the film captures what feels like effortless joy in their lives, and it is never something they seem to be reaching for.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
This wise and funny film, in Japanese with English subtitles, works small miracles in depicting the pivotal moment when kids turn from the wishfulness of childhood into shaping the world for themselves.
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75

NPR

When you're young, there's just so much to misunderstand about the world. And isn't that kind of what makes it such fun?
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75

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
Like a train, I Wish is slow to build momentum, then it carries us away in a wondrous rush.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
This is much too buoyant a movie for tragedy. But Koreeda's achievement is that he gives us children who might weigh more, emotionally, than their parents, yet they're still these little creatures learning how to wield and bear that weight.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

A delightful and uplifting study of kids and families by Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda.
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63

Slant Magazine

By Michael Nordine
I Wish has a tough time balancing the heartfelt with the saccharine and too often feels slight.
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80 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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