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Garden State Reviews

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 27, 2004
It's a forgettable film featuring a throw-away story with unmemorable characters and unremarkable performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
August 7, 2004
Braff demonstrates a weird visual flair, but his smug script collapses into contrivance before Andrew touches bottom.
Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian
August 13, 2004
Boring and nothing happens. I didn't laugh once.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 26, 2009
Feels too piecemeal and ultimately inconsequential to grab the public where it counts.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 18, 2009
Actor Zach Braff (NBC's "Scrubs") makes an impressive if unsatisfying writing and directing debut with a plaintive post-modern drama that relies on unspoken dry wit to entertain its audience (think a cross between "Harold and Maude" and "The Graduate").
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 6, 2004
It steals shamelessly from The Graduate without indicating a whit of appreciation for the earlier film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
This is a movie where 'sensitivity' and 'sincerity' are signposted by songs by Paul Simon and Nick Drake, which I guess says it all.
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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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 6, 2004
A standard issue, first-movie navel-gaze whose cobwebs Braff meticulously sweeps away by directing the bejesus out of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
August 12, 2004
This comedy works so diligently at being idiosyncratic, it comes off as artificial and forced.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 13, 2004
Call the whole thing a mixed bag.
Read More | Original Score: C+
Vince Koehler
Entertainment Spectrum
August 22, 2004
This film is somewhat interesting and a good first effort for Zach Braff in his directorial debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 19, 2004
This may make me some sort of traitor to my generation, but I found Garden State-the auteur debut of TV star Zach Braff...-to be a derivative vanity project.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
August 24, 2006
the quintessential product by and for uninspired times
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
August 23, 2004
A film so dedicated to being different that it disappoints.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 5/10
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
August 25, 2004
...hardly makes a clean break with the tacky suburban banality it lampoons. Even by the end, Braff's clunky sentiments are rooted in a New Jersey state of mind.
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.'
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
July 27, 2004
A simplistic and insincere character piece with elements of smug comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
September 17, 2005
Es una buena primera película (...) El problema tal vez sea su incontrolable acumulación de situaciones...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
August 14, 2004
The whole is not even as great as the sum of its quirky parts.
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