Wish I Was Here
Wish I Was Here (2014)

Director Zach Braff's follow-up to his indie breakout hit "Garden State" tells the story of a thirtysomething man who finds himself at major crossroads, which forces him to examine his life, his career, and his family. (c)… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: July 18, 2014
DVD Release Date: October 28, 2014
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Critic Score: 44% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: There's no denying Wish I Was Here is heartfelt, but it covers narrative ground that's already been well trod -- particularly by director Zach Braff's previous features.

Ian Buckwalter

Wish I Was Here's philosophical scope never gets much bigger than the slip of paper inside a fortune cookie.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Braff plays Aidan with easygoing exasperation and Hudson is better than I've seen her since Almost Famous.

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Dan Mecca
The Film Stage

Unfortunately, the film spends so much time trying to define itself, we're never allowed to immerse ourselves into the experience.

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Andrew O'Hehir

It is sometimes maudlin, sometimes trivial and sometimes very moving, but never less than achingly sincere.

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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

Wish I Was Here is a funny, touching movie that features one of Kate Hudson's best performances and a curmudgeonly good one from Mandy Patinkin.

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Jason Bailey

Just about all of the "compromises" that Braff says he'd have been forced to make (and I'm slightly perturbed to say this, being a fairly consistent support-the-artist type) would have made 'Wish I Was Here' a better film.

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Sean Fitz-Gerald
Denver Post

The fruits of writer-director Zach Braff's Kickstarter are here for the general public, and they're at once vibrantly weird, beautiful and thoughtful.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

"Wish I Was Here" is a welcome, if belated, second chapter in a filmmaker's career. I just hope we don't have to wait another 10 years to see what he thinks about life as a forty-something ...

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J. Olson

The film creatively runs aground and never jostles itself loose, content to wallow in the kind of misery that "Garden State" rebuffed.

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
Alice Shen
Zach Braff's crowd-funded sophomore effort received a lot of flack for its privileged genesis, its grammatically incorrect pseudo-clever title, and its… More
Everett Johnson
Been a long time since "Garden State", but Zach Braff can still make a decent movie. This isn't nearly as good or impactful as… More
Kevin M. Williams
A family man faces some familial life challenges ... with his family. That seems to be about the gist of the thing, cue the indie music score, cue some shots of… More
Dann Michalski
Zach Braff explores the challenges of parenthood and family in the indie comedy Wish I Was Here. Facing financial problems, an aspiring actor puts aside his… More
Carlos Magalhães
An indie little movie full of indie clichés and indie songs to fill an indie soundtrack - just what Zach Braff loves -, but the worst is that he doesn't… More
Panta Oz
Director Zach Braff launched a Kickstarter campaign for his comedy film Wish I Was Here, which he co-wrote with his brother Adam J. Braff. Everything was well… More