I Wish has a tough time balancing the heartfelt with the saccharine and too often feels slight.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
While his work with children remains as impeccable as always, Hirokazu Kore-eda proves considerably less successful in dealing with the adult characters in his latest film, I Wish.
...[Hirokazu Kore-Eda] has the people and the mood, just not the story.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
At eight minutes over two hours, the story goes on too long, with an excess of intercuts and brief scenes that do not contribute enough to warrant inclusion.
Wistful, light and sweet.
| Original Score: 8.1/10
More often than not Kore-eda's technique creates space for something truly special in a film: kids talking like kids.
A small film with humble ambitions, I Wish is a gentle piece that children may find dull, but tearful adults will recognize that Koreeda captures the essence of childhood dreams.
| Original Score: 4/5
I Wish is epic in duration, yet humble. So your affection for the film will rely on your patience...
| Original Score: 3/5
A tender tale of wishing for a miracle to hal a fractured family.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
We all spend so much time yearning for films as good as this, and to this reviewer at least, the latest great work from Hirokazu Koreeda is pure wish-fulfilment.
| Original Score: 5/5
[The] film is built around performances by two real-life brothers who are as unaffected, spirited and lovable as I can imagine, and one of the pleasures of "I Wish" is simply spending time with them.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
This wise and funny film, in Japanese with English subtitles, works small miracles in depicting the pivotal moment when kids turn from the wishfulness of childhood into shaping the world for themselves.
A lovely, authentic exploration of family bonds tested by separation. Though the film is overlong at 128 minutes, it is a warm and wise winner.
| Original Score: B+
A flurry of details that reveal a grand canvas of love and loyalty if we take a step back.
With almost supernaturally effortless grace, Kore-eda has connected the film's every element, each one pregnant with beauty and meaning...
This powerful drama is set at that key moment in life when the realities of the adult world impinge on and irrevocably alter the optimism of youth.
| Original Score: 3/4
I Wish makes us feel like we are watching these kids discover each new sensory pleasure of youth for the first time, or that we're experiencing it ourselves.
Often feels like life itself: indescribable, complex, wondrous and beautiful.
| Original Score: 8.0/10
The lives of the children in "I Wish" seem to be expanding in front of our eyes, as evidenced by their changing wishes, which become bigger and more beautiful as their plan proceeds.
There is a lot of hope in the air in "I Wish," but the film never feels sappy.