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Wish You Were Here Reviews

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John Hartl
Seattle Times
June 20, 2013
An Australian mystery-thriller dominated by Joel Edgerton's fearless performance as a compromised married man.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
June 13, 2013
Joel Edgerton gives one of the year's strongest performances.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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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
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
June 7, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 6, 2013
Even a drug-sniffing police dog gives a vivid performance.
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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
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
June 6, 2013
If you do decide to travel abroad, this film offers some tips on how to stay safe and sane - that is, if you can extract them from the teasingly elliptical, flashback-addled, nerve-racking narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
June 6, 2013
A pervasive mood of paranoia and unease overwhelms any immediate understanding of what's going on. It's fun to feel lost, at least for a spell.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Sam Adams
Time Out
June 4, 2013
The structural fireworks of Darcy-Smith's first feature may ultimately provide more light than heat, but they don't distract unduly from its strong performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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William Goss
Film.com
June 29, 2012
Examines the toll that guilt has on well-meaning thirtysomethings to mostly intriguing effect.
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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 ...
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
January 21, 2012
The filmmakers keep the film at a low simmer throughout, subtly ratcheting up the tension as it circles back and forth from the fateful night of the disappearance to the messy and painful aftermath.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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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+
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John Anderson
Variety
January 20, 2012
Despite its dubious inhabitants, the film consistently entertains by throwing the kinds of curves one should see coming but doesn't.
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
January 20, 2012
Kieran Darcy-Smith's debut feature maintains a vice-like grip that reaches maximum intensity as the mystery is solved.