I Wish Reviews

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Rebecca Barry
Flicks.co.nz
August 8, 2012
I Wish is epic in duration, yet humble. So your affection for the film will rely on your patience...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
July 26, 2012
What's so remarkable about the happiness the film brings is its simplicity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
June 28, 2012
A film that's both entertaining and illuminating, no matter your age.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 22, 2012
Like a train, "I Wish" is slow to build momentum, then it carries us away in a wondrous rush.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 21, 2012
You watch it remembering the days when you should have walked but simply had to run, and when you believed that, if you wished hard enough, your dead pet just might come back again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
June 17, 2012
Despite its youthful perspective on adult concerns, the feature generates a few profound moments of basic need in the midst of an atypical men-on-a-mission film.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 14, 2012
What a kind and wise movie this is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 14, 2012
The lives of the children in "I Wish" seem to be expanding in front of our eyes, as evidenced by their changing wishes, which become bigger and more beautiful as their plan proceeds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 31, 2012
A flurry of details that reveal a grand canvas of love and loyalty if we take a step back.
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
May 31, 2012
A film that moves a bit too slowly for its own good but has remarkable cumulative strength by its emotional finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5.0
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 31, 2012
[The] film is built around performances by two real-life brothers who are as unaffected, spirited and lovable as I can imagine, and one of the pleasures of "I Wish" is simply spending time with them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
May 25, 2012
Transforms the commonplace into the extraordinary.
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Mark Jenkins
Washington Post
May 25, 2012
It's about the wonders of everyday life, and of childhood imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
May 24, 2012
The sort of small film of real consequence that, as a kid, I remember seeing and completely losing myself in: That was my life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 24, 2012
A wistful heartbreaker from the Japanese master of quiet observation, Hirokazu Kore-eda.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
May 24, 2012
At its worst, I Wish is static. At its best, it has the warmth and subtlety of classic Asian works by Edward Yang and Yasujiro Ozu.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 23, 2012
Koreeda's like a modern Ozu, documenting the trickle down effect of global economic changes on once strongly held traditions of Japanese family life.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Will McCord
Paste Magazine
May 18, 2012
Wistful, light and sweet.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.1/10
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
May 18, 2012
A lovely, authentic exploration of family bonds tested by separation. Though the film is overlong at 128 minutes, it is a warm and wise winner.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
May 15, 2012
If the Dardenne brothers were Japanese instead of French-Belgian, or perhaps set out to craft a homage to Yasujiro Ozu that was crossed with a whimsical yet melancholic version of The Parent Trap, it might well resemble this.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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