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Wish You Were Here (2013)

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71

Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 59
Fresh: 42 | Rotten: 17

Smart, slick, and thrilling, Wish You Were Here benefits from a compelling mystery at the center of its tightly wound plot, as well as strong performances from a cast that includes Joel Edgerton.

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Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 6

Smart, slick, and thrilling, Wish You Were Here benefits from a compelling mystery at the center of its tightly wound plot, as well as strong performances from a cast that includes Joel Edgerton.

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Movie Info

Kieran Darcy-Smith's feature debut is a calmly devastating exploration of how one misjudged moment in life has the potential to cause everything to fall to pieces. Dave (Joel Edgerton) reluctantly travels to Cambodia with his pregnant wife (co-writer Felicity Price) and her younger sister and new boyfriend, and after a night of partying the boyfriend disappears without a trace. The others are left to return to their lives, each bearing differing degrees of knowledge about what happened.

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Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Kieran Darcy-Smith

Sep 10, 2013

$45.3k

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All Critics (59) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (42) | Rotten (17)

An Australian mystery-thriller dominated by Joel Edgerton's fearless performance as a compromised married man.

June 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Wish You Were Here is an excellent idea for a State Department video, to remind travelers the obvious things not to do when visiting an unfamiliar country. As a drama, it feels a little empty.

June 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Hearst Newspapers
Hearst Newspapers
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The mysteries unravel at a steady pace and the dialogue and acting feel naturalistic, adding up to a taut and progressively tangled portrait of familial relations.

June 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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A dull drama about domestic squabbling that hopes to be mistaken for a thriller.

June 7, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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The time you spend trying to piece together a mystery that is presented as a teasing puzzle inevitably diverts you from deeper identification with characters who are not particularly sympathetic to begin with.

June 6, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Even a drug-sniffing police dog gives a vivid performance.

June 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
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It's too easily satisfying, too traditionally well-made to be an honest portrait of dissatisfaction.

November 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

[As] a more contemplative look at the ways unexplained tragedy plays with the emotions of people who supposedly have it all, it works.

October 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Onya Magazine

Kieran Darcy-Smiths first feature mixes past and present, some few of such shifts adding to our understanding or familiarity with the returnees and deepening the mystery.

June 20, 2013 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Joel Edgerton gives one of the year's strongest performances.

June 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Orange County Register
Orange County Register

A film that rewards patience and attention. The filmmaking will draw you in and the acting and story will keep you rooted to your seat.

June 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine
Hollywood & Fine

There are secrets kept and secrets told and Darcy-Smith and company do a marvelous job weaving this tapestry of ambiguity and confrontation.

June 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

An old-fashioned, intricate mystery that keeps you in perpetual suspense, developing its plot and characters through the smart incorporation of basic cinematic tools.

June 9, 2013 Full Review Source: amNewYork
amNewYork

Whatever sentiments the title 'Wish You Were Here' evokes in you, flush them. Here is no lighthearted vacation comedy but, instead, a well-acted "psychological thriller" with few thrills but much angst.

June 8, 2013 Full Review Source: GreenCine
GreenCine

Wish You Were Here is best enjoyed by fans of the actors involved or "strangers in a strange land" flicks; it'll be less satisfying to those looking for drama/mystery.

June 7, 2013 Full Review Source: ScreenRant
ScreenRant

It's an engrossing, dramatic mystery that's filled with terrific performances and raw filmmaking.

June 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Geek Central
Film Geek Central

Even at its slowest, the insinuating "Wish You Were Here" keeps its grip, like a dream you just can't shake.

June 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Bloomberg News
Bloomberg News

I found myself longing for it to reach its destination.

June 6, 2013 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Audience Reviews for Wish You Were Here

Sooooooo sloooooow.
February 3, 2014
itsjustme2004

Super Reviewer

Wish You Were Here has a fascinating mystery at the core of the plot and keeps you engaged throughout thanks to good acting and gorgeous locales, but the slow pace makes it a little tougher to enjoy. The eventual reveal is also way simpler than the movie makes it out to be throughout the 90 minute run time and although it isn't entirely disappointing, it is a little lackluster. I was expecting a little more I guess. This is still totally worth watching though because it is well made and smarter than the average drama/thriller. Just don't expect the twists to blow your socks off. This film is more of a slow burner.
January 1, 2014
jlewis07

Super Reviewer

'Wish You Were Here'. Suspenseful, extremely tense, and two powerful performances by Joel Edgerton [and especially] Felicity Price.

I was sold from the opening credits, with its colourful montage of Cambodia, oh-so-right music, and beautifully subtle, faded in title. One of the best openings I've seen in ages!

Then there's that car crash. It's really a measure of how much I'd invested, and the film had got me to invest in Felicity Price's Alice by this point. The dread of her getting pulled up by the police, the relief that she's got away with something, been given a chance after realising what she'd done, and then, before you know it, I suddenly braced myself, ducked my head, and felt the full impact of that crash, without even seeing it happen.
May 3, 2012
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Gripping and tense drama with a trio of fantastic performances led by the Australian gem Joel Edgerton. Full review later.
May 1, 2012
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