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Garden State Reviews

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Jason Bailey
June 21, 2016
Braff captures the specific, self-involved ennui of the aimless 20-something, and he doesn't do it from a point of smug detachment.

November 7, 2011
Although flawed, Garden State is a good-natured film whose very likeability leaves you willing to overlook its shortcomings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
November 7, 2011
| Original Score: A
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 24, 2010
Smart drama for mature older teens and up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Rogers
September 24, 2010
It's no longer a generational alarm clock, but for those who've seen loved ones stumble through complacent fogs of Paxil, Zoloft and the like, "Garden State" still warns that "stability" doesn't mean a numbness to anything not emotionally even-keeled.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
There is not a shot in this movie that doesn't shine...
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
Braff, who also wrote and directs, tells this story with great flair, lots of subtlety and a wonderfully paced set of revelations that come to us just as they might in real life.
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
[A] goofy, melancholy, seriocomic slice of life...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
December 27, 2007
It's good to see Natalie Portman acting again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
October 3, 2006
full review in Greek
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Tim Merrill
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
While Braff's script may suffer from long-windedness, his direction -- of both cast and camera -- is so confident that this debut could well mark the start of a major career.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 30, 2005
Both funny and touching, this is a small film that deserves to be seen by a wider audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Uri Lessing
July 25, 2005
The film manages to be delightfully offbeat while simultaneously providing weight and depth.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jason Zingale
July 5, 2005
[Offers] audiences a realistic coming-of-age tale that isn't bogged down by Hollywood clichés, but rather lifted higher by an incredible cast and an even more remarkable directorial debut by from Zach Braff.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Bill Clark
June 20, 2005
It's the kind of small treasure that drops in theaters once or twice a year.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Olly Richards
Empire Magazine
May 4, 2005
One of the best directorial debuts in recent memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 3, 2005
Boasts a sweet, moody rhythm.
Alex Ramirez
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.

Independent (UK)
March 7, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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