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Wish You Were Here Reviews

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Max Nelson
Film Comment Magazine
November 4, 2013
It's too easily satisfying, too traditionally well-made to be an honest portrait of dissatisfaction.
Abhimanyu Das
Slant Magazine
June 3, 2013
From the opening montage alone, it's clear that Australian director Kieran Darcy-Smith plans to play his cards close to the vest in this maddeningly underwritten thriller/domestic-drama hybrid.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Zachary Wigon
Village Voice
May 9, 2012
Stories built around a mystery can have a difficult time creating a satisfying answer, and this picture is no exception ...
Tom Clift
April 23, 2012
A slickly made but unfortunately distracted debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tim Grierson
Screen International
January 20, 2012
Doesn't lack for furrowed-brow seriousness, but ultimately the depths being explored aren't nearly as incisive or startling as its makers think.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 6, 2013
I found myself longing for it to reach its destination.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Todd Gilchrist
The Playlist
January 20, 2012
Kieran Darcy-Smith's film inspires a deluge of possibilities and provocative thoughts in its audiences' heads, but languid pacing undermines the too-simple and ultimately too-conventional revelations that wrap up its simmering mysteries.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 6, 2013
Though much of the film is overcooked and overwrought, it's well-played, and writer-director Kieran Darcy-Smith keeps us guessing, and watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 7, 2013
A dull drama about domestic squabbling that hopes to be mistaken for a thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Kofi Outlaw
June 7, 2013
Wish You Were Here is best enjoyed by fans of the actors involved or "strangers in a strange land" flicks; it'll be less satisfying to those looking for drama/mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Tallerico
June 4, 2013
It's a vacation in which the guide book has been purposefully reordered and organized to disguise what would have been much more interesting told straightforward.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5.0
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 6, 2013
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 24, 2015
...the film's arms-length vibe is compounded by an overlong running time and a seriously deliberate sense of pacing...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Hartlaub
Hearst Newspapers
June 7, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Jason Bailey
January 21, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brandon Judell
June 8, 2013
Whatever sentiments the title 'Wish You Were Here' evokes in you, flush them. Here is no lighthearted vacation comedy but, instead, a well-acted "psychological thriller" with few thrills but much angst.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
January 20, 2012
This is one of those puzzle movies that's frustrating in pieces, and underwhelming once it's all fit together.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 9, 2012
For a long time the nonlinear structure dilutes the impact of a bunch excellent performances, led by Edgerton's seasick glare.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 6, 2013
Hypnotically watchable but badly flawed by a shrug of an ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nathan Bartlebaugh
The Film Stage
August 8, 2016
Edgerton is Wish You Were Here's connective tissue that ties together the disparate emotional compartments of the narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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