Wish You Were Here Reviews

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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
June 15, 2014
A disturbing mystery thriller that also explores the delicate balance of honesty and lies within a successful relationship.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Glenn Dunks
Onya Magazine
October 17, 2013
[As] a more contemplative look at the ways unexplained tragedy plays with the emotions of people who supposedly have it all, it works.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
June 20, 2013
An Australian mystery-thriller dominated by Joel Edgerton's fearless performance as a compromised married man.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
June 20, 2013
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.
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
June 13, 2013
Joel Edgerton gives one of the year's strongest performances.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
June 10, 2013
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.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 9, 2013
There are secrets kept and secrets told and Darcy-Smith and company do a marvelous job weaving this tapestry of ambiguity and confrontation.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Robert Levin
amNewYork
June 9, 2013
An old-fashioned, intricate mystery that keeps you in perpetual suspense, developing its plot and characters through the smart incorporation of basic cinematic tools.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central
June 7, 2013
It's an engrossing, dramatic mystery that's filled with terrific performances and raw filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
June 7, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Greg Evans
Bloomberg News
June 6, 2013
Even at its slowest, the insinuating "Wish You Were Here" keeps its grip, like a dream you just can't shake.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 6, 2013
Even a drug-sniffing police dog gives a vivid performance.
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
June 6, 2013
If you do decide to travel abroad, this film offers some tips on how to stay safe and sane - that is, if you can extract them from the teasingly elliptical, flashback-addled, nerve-racking narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 6, 2013
...a twisty psychological thriller rooted in family drama that respects its audience. Little hints are dropped along the way, some suggested by cinematographer Jules O'Loughlin's framing and cutaways, but the film never feels contrived for a moment.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
June 6, 2013
A pervasive mood of paranoia and unease overwhelms any immediate understanding of what's going on. It's fun to feel lost, at least for a spell.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Don Groves
Film Journal International
June 5, 2013
Joel Edgerton's emergence as a bona-fide international star should give this smart, slick Australian-produced thriller a reasonably high profile and potentially attract a bigger audience than Oz fare usually attracts in the US
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
June 5, 2013
Not dishonest or cheap or simple-minded.
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
June 5, 2013
Tightly constructed and honest with character relationships, Wish You Were Here is a riveting study of guilt and moral corruption, wisely using disorientation to sustain interest in the bleak proceedings.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Sam Adams
Time Out
June 4, 2013
The structural fireworks of Darcy-Smith's first feature may ultimately provide more light than heat, but they don't distract unduly from its strong performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
October 25, 2012
Joel Edgerton nurses the hangover from Hell in this superbly acted, impressively edited and consistently engaging Aussie thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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