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Garden State Reviews

November 7, 2011
Read More | Original Score: A
March 26, 2009
Feels too piecemeal and ultimately inconsequential to grab the public where it counts.
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.
September 10, 2004
Mr. Braff, Ms. Portman, Mr. Sarsgaard and Mr. Holm never strike a false note as a remarkably coherent acting ensemble, and it is good to see Ron Leibman again in the small role of Doctor Cohen.
August 20, 2004
Cleverly written, sensitively directed and very well-acted.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
August 13, 2004
His movie is sweet-natured and skillful, but its biggest problem is perhaps one Braff wasn't prepared to deal with: his own performance -- or, more accurately, the decision to place a deliberately flat performance at the film's heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 13, 2004
Garden State may not define an entire generation, but it has a sharp eye for the passive aimlessness that can take hold when young adults realize there's no handbook on how to find purpose and meaning in life.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 13, 2004
The best parts of this droll, quietly witty drama have the ring of truth.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 13, 2004
The kind of movie that reminds you why you love movies so much, a film so filled with unexpected energy and ambition and sly intelligence it gives you hope for the future.
Read More | Original Score: A
August 13, 2004
Achingly alive, beautifully written first feature.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 13, 2004
Call the whole thing a mixed bag.
Read More | Original Score: C+
August 13, 2004
Sincere, funny and entertaining in a way that not only charms but disarms.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 12, 2004
This comedy works so diligently at being idiosyncratic, it comes off as artificial and forced.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
August 12, 2004
A little gem of a film full of believably offbeat characters and eclectic mood music.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 12, 2004
It takes the comic-drama Garden State awhile to take root, but then it quickly grows on you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 6, 2004
There is a little unevenness. But for a directorial debut, it's amazingly assured.
August 6, 2004
Features some wonderful performances, chief among them an engaging, even courageous turn from Natalie Portman.
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
August 6, 2004
It has an askew sense of humor that's grounded in honest observation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
August 6, 2004
A comedy with so many moments of found insight and irony that it can scarcely contain them all.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 6, 2004
It's smart and unconventional, with a good eye for the perfect detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 6, 2004
One of the smarter examples of the form.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 5, 2004
Garden State, Zach Braff's lyrical directorial debut, self-consciously announces itself as a baby buster generational marker -- and richly deserves the designation.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 5, 2004
Braff, now a proven triple-threat, is blessed with his own comic chops, an eye for the small details of regular life and a simple, straightforward directorial style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 2, 2004
[A] very good film.
July 30, 2004
Braff, and Garden State, give it the old college try, and at least some, if not all, of the sparks catch.
July 28, 2004
A likable if flawed comedy.
July 28, 2004
Poignantly portrays a detached man who decides to tackle life -- with all its pain, joys and everything in between -- with his eyes open and his head clear.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 28, 2004
A richly populated if uneven act of comic catharsis.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 28, 2004
[Braff's] imaginative if sometimes scattered salute to both [the '70s] and Essex County, the place of his birth.
July 28, 2004
Braff proves himself a master of modulation, keeping a sure grip as the film's tone shifts like quicksand from humor to pathos and back.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 28, 2004
It offers something rare in the bond between Andrew and Sam. Their connection follows a believable arc from their first awkward encounter to a specific, believable intimacy, without which the movie's jokiness could have rung hollow.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 28, 2004
Illuminates a young man's overdue coming of age with unexpected depth and grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 28, 2004
Zach Braff's small, smart, off-kilter comedy is too self-conscious by half, but its struggle to revitalize a cliche; by turning it inside out is a worthy one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 28, 2004
It's a hilarious and heartfelt ode to twentysomething angst.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 28, 2004
It's to Braff's credit as a first-time filmmaker with a suburban- laughing-boy soul that his story is as warm and unforced as it is.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 27, 2004
Stormy twentysomething emotions seethe under a deft quirkfest.
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
January 19, 2004
An extremely well-modulated and mature work, especially for a first-time filmmaker.