Wish I Was Here Synopsis
A struggling actor, father and husband, who at 35, is still trying to find his identity; a purpose for his life.
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75

RogerEbert.com

By Sheila O'Malley
Yes. It is good. It is sincere, funny, thoughtful and spiritual, often poignant, and with a deep strain of existential worry running...
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75

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
There are enough sharp one-liners and funny situations to keep things entertaining even as Braff delves (lightly) into genuine dilemmas...
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75

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
Mainstream audiences will note that Hudson has never been better and that the tearjerking taps into something universal. For audiences...
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Boyd van Hoeij
A more mature work from actor-director-producer Zach Braff that feels like a Garden State for grown-ups.
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63

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
If you liked “Scrubs,” and I did, for a few seasons, anyway, you’ll be happy Braff got to make his movie and happy that you got to see it.
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60

Village Voice

By Stephanie Zacharek
Wish I Was Here is at least stretching toward something, and even if its reach exceeds its grasp, Braff's earnest determination as a...
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57

Film.com

By William Goss
Sprawling between plot lines and shifting between tones for longer than it ought to, but laden with enough pockets of truth to make you...
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50

USA Today

By Scott Bowles
Here has a great soundtrack and some fine performances, particularly from King, who is a wonder. And credit Braff with some great imagery,...
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38

Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
Director/co-writer/actor Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here is a precious and condescending exercise in self-indulgent pandering, featuring one...
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30

Variety

By Scott Foundas
The result is unquestionably an auteur film, but one festooned with so many bad and unnecessary ideas that one can’t help wondering if a...
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Unexpectantly good.

By TClaudeD
Much like the movie Garden State, this movie was unexpectedly good. It is sensitive meaningful. Illustrating the best qualities of a family and aspiring to the best qualities of parenting. Highly...

Best I've seen in years!

By hsamson75
There are very few words that I could use to accurately describe this movie. Incredible. Amazing. Beautiful. Moving. Yes! Absolutely moving. A must see. I haven't seen a movie like this in years. It...

Perfectly heartbreaking and heartwarming simultaneously

By krissyjo
I've been waiting anxiously for this movie to hit theaters near me and I snagged a ticket to the very first showing in my area. I was understandably excited considering I was one of thousands of...

Great, Real Movie!

By Wohl44
If you're Jewish, see the movie. If you're not, then be prepared to either be educated or bored. Obviously, I am a member of the tribe....

Amazing emotional rollercoaster

By afeblowitz
Fantastic film, so many tears and so much laughter; highly recommended, good for the whole family...

Excellent

By asherlock79
We were pleasantly surprised by how much we enjoyed this movie. It triggered all emotions in a fantastic way. Both my boyfriend and I shed tears, laughed and generally felt like we could relate...

An incredibly powerful movie

By sllong
I have loves Zach Braff since Scrubs. Loved Garden State in fact we own the movie but I Wish I Was Here was so much more than expected. So powerful and yet funny. Thank you Zach for reminding me what...

Sweet, funny, real characters.

By Va_Beach_Movie_Buff
Probably the sweetest movie I've ever had the pleasure to see, and maybe also the most honest dialog, characters, and family relationships you could hope to see in a film. Zach Braff is a treasure....

F%CK THAT WAS GREAT!!

By DESKTOP CRITIC
I have to start with how EMOTIONALLY pleasing, and VISUALLY stunning this movie was! I'm not sure what some of the critics are thinking when they rate this movie low or say Braff was not a powerful...

Whaaaat?!?!

By donaldfarwell
Self-indulgent, boring claptrap. Wish I wasn't here....

More Info

Rated R | For Some Sexual Content and Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 16+ Messy but moving dramedy has mature themes.
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