Wish You Were Here (2013)

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Critic Consensus: Smart, slick, and thrilling, Wish You Were Here benefits from a compelling mystery at the center of its tightly wound plot, as well as strong performances from a cast that includes Joel Edgerton.

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Kieran Darcy-Smith's feature debut is a calmly devastating exploration of how one misjudged moment in life has the potential to cause everything to fall to pieces. Dave (Joel Edgerton) reluctantly travels to Cambodia with his pregnant wife (co-writer Felicity Price) and her younger sister and new boyfriend, and after a night of partying the boyfriend disappears without a trace. The others are left to return to their lives, each bearing differing degrees of knowledge about what happened. Delivering doses of information bit by bit, the film's meticulously edited, nonlinear disclosure of events is transfixing-as are the superb performances. (c) eOne
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R (for language, some drug content, brief sexuality and violence)
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Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Critic Reviews for Wish You Were Here

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (18)

An Australian mystery-thriller dominated by Joel Edgerton's fearless performance as a compromised married man.

June 20, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Joel Edgerton gives one of the year's strongest performances.

Full Review… | June 13, 2013
Orange County Register
Top Critic

Wish You Were Here is an excellent idea for a State Department video, to remind travelers the obvious things not to do when visiting an unfamiliar country. As a drama, it feels a little empty.

Full Review… | June 7, 2013
Hearst Newspapers
Top Critic

The mysteries unravel at a steady pace and the dialogue and acting feel naturalistic, adding up to a taut and progressively tangled portrait of familial relations.

Full Review… | June 6, 2013
Washington Post
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A dull drama about domestic squabbling that hopes to be mistaken for a thriller.

Full Review… | June 6, 2013
New York Post
Top Critic

The time you spend trying to piece together a mystery that is presented as a teasing puzzle inevitably diverts you from deeper identification with characters who are not particularly sympathetic to begin with.

June 6, 2013
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Wish You Were Here

Good performances are the draw in this story that pretends to be about the wisdom of cautious vacationing while in Southeast Asia but is in fact is a typical take on "cheating husbands, what should we do about them?" Interesting if lightweight.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Sooooooo sloooooow.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

½

Wish You Were Here has a fascinating mystery at the core of the plot and keeps you engaged throughout thanks to good acting and gorgeous locales, but the slow pace makes it a little tougher to enjoy. The eventual reveal is also way simpler than the movie makes it out to be throughout the 90 minute run time and although it isn't entirely disappointing, it is a little lackluster. I was expecting a little more I guess. This is still totally worth watching though because it is well made and smarter than the average drama/thriller. Just don't expect the twists to blow your socks off. This film is more of a slow burner.

Josh Lewis
Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer

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