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Garden State Reviews

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 3, 2005
Boasts a sweet, moody rhythm.
Alex Ramirez
Cinenganos
April 7, 2005
...una perfecta fábula, una agridulce historia de amor, un canto a la madurez como necesidad, al amor como motor y necesidad, y a la definición de lo que somos...
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Brian Juergens
Freeze Dried Movies
April 1, 2005
While Garden State likely won't stand up over time beside the films it emulates, it certainly can't be faulted for trying. An impressive debut.
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
February 19, 2005
Smart, perceptive and funny filmmaking from a genuine talent in Zach Braff.
| Original Score: 82/100
Derek Smith
Cinematic Reflections
February 5, 2005
'the biggest problems lie in the simplistic nature of the characters and the reliance on quirkiness, rather than genuine, realistic emotion, to connect with its audience.'
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
January 26, 2005
Se todo jovem ator tivesse uma estréia tão promissora na direção de longas, o Cinema norte-americano estaria bem melhor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 25, 2005
This is a terrific debut film by Braff, reminiscent of the classic movie, 'The Graduate.'
Full Review | Original Score: A
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
January 8, 2005
Too often, compelling moments are countered by meandering edits that lead the story to a sweet but hardly profound conclusion.
| Original Score: 2/4
Rafe Telsch
CinemaBlend.com
December 28, 2004
An absolute must see, and most of you who see it will love it enough to pick this DVD up for your collection.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
December 18, 2004
...a delightfully quirky look at finding oneself and accepting who and what we are and what life is all about.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
December 11, 2004
What makes Garden State such a pleasure to watch is its great sensitivity to human detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
December 7, 2004
A witty, wacky, and wonderful trip through the minefield of being twenty-something.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew Wright
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
December 5, 2004
This is all relatively standard stuff at first glance, but much of the zing of the movie comes from the wobbly curveballs that Braff throws at the formula.
Joe Utichi
FilmFocus
December 5, 2004
Garden State is nothing short of genius, as moving as it is hilarious.
| Original Score: 95/100
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
November 25, 2004
Braff views these people sincerely. More importantly, he locates their humanity.
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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
November 14, 2004
Every generation needs its own version of The Graduate, and this one stars Zack Braff
Full Review | Original Score: B-
D.K. Holm
Movie Poop Shoot
October 29, 2004
Peter Saarsgard's role in Garden State is one of the main reasons to see the film.
Luke Y. Thompson
LYTRules.com
October 25, 2004
For a director who acts in almost every frame of his own movie, [Braff] acquits himself well.
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
October 23, 2004
The stand-out performance belongs to Natalie Portman -- the screen literally lights up whenever she's around.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
October 22, 2004
It's dispiriting to see such a pandering and clunkily written picture get so puffed up with a belief in its own integrity; the movie has a Shins CD where its heart should be.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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