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I Wish Reviews

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
February 5, 2013
Every performance works, every character fits, every observation rings true.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
July 26, 2012
What's so remarkable about the happiness the film brings is its simplicity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 22, 2012
Like a train, "I Wish" is slow to build momentum, then it carries us away in a wondrous rush.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 21, 2012
You watch it remembering the days when you should have walked but simply had to run, and when you believed that, if you wished hard enough, your dead pet just might come back again.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 14, 2012
What a kind and wise movie this is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 31, 2012
[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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
May 25, 2012
Transforms the commonplace into the extraordinary.
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Mark Jenkins
Washington Post
May 25, 2012
It's about the wonders of everyday life, and of childhood imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
May 24, 2012
The sort of small film of real consequence that, as a kid, I remember seeing and completely losing myself in: That was my life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 24, 2012
A wistful heartbreaker from the Japanese master of quiet observation, Hirokazu Kore-eda.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 11, 2012
It's an adult movie about children that feels made from the inside out.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
May 10, 2012
"I Wish" is a wonderful adventure film that's no less thrilling for its modest scale, and a film whose emotional power and intelligence sneak up on you.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
May 10, 2012
There is a lot of hope in the air in "I Wish," but the film never feels sappy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
May 10, 2012
Whenever its children are on screen, lighted up with joy or dimmed by hard adult truths, the film burns bright.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 10, 2012
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.
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May 10, 2012
More often than not Kore-eda's technique creates space for something truly special in a film: kids talking like kids.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 10, 2012
How does Hirokazu Kore-eda do it? His films are so casually infused with graceful realism, they make other movies feel painfully stilted and false.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
May 10, 2012
Full of life, heart, and funny little details about daily existence, as it meanders its way toward moments of real profundity.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Alison Willmore
Village Voice
May 8, 2012
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.
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
May 8, 2012
With almost supernaturally effortless grace, Kore-eda has connected the film's every element, each one pregnant with beauty and meaning...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
May 8, 2012
Shots of the kids and their friends running around unfamiliar environments have the fantastical qualities of Spike Jonze's Where the Wild Things Are, minus the forced whimsy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
May 7, 2012
Kore-eda doesn't gloss over the deeper substance of his scenario in favor of good vibes. Instead, he spins a unique blend of melancholy without getting mopey about it.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 7, 2012
You can contemplate the wonder in these glowing young faces without feeling as if you're on an intravenous drip of corn syrup.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
September 21, 2011
This tale of two elementary-school brothers plotting to end the physical separation their parents' divorce has forced on them effortlessly pulls off the naturalism and charm desired from material that might have easily curdled into calculated preciousness.