Wish You Were Here Reviews

June 20, 2013
An Australian mystery-thriller dominated by Joel Edgerton's fearless performance as a compromised married man.
June 13, 2013
Joel Edgerton gives one of the year's strongest performances.
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.
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.
June 7, 2013
A dull drama about domestic squabbling that hopes to be mistaken for a thriller.
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.
June 6, 2013
Even a drug-sniffing police dog gives a vivid performance.
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.
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.
Top Critic
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.
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.
June 29, 2012
Examines the toll that guilt has on well-meaning thirtysomethings to mostly intriguing effect.
May 9, 2012
Stories built around a mystery can have a difficult time creating a satisfying answer, and this picture is no exception ...
April 26, 2012
Wish You Were Here may misjudge how to tell its story, but it remains a fascinating and highly relevant film.
April 26, 2012
It is tightly plotted with a scary denouement that nails its point about the deadliness of rogue circumstance in a very satisfying way.
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.
January 20, 2012
This is one of those puzzle movies that's frustrating in pieces, and underwhelming once it's all fit together.
January 20, 2012
Despite its dubious inhabitants, the film consistently entertains by throwing the kinds of curves one should see coming but doesn't.
January 20, 2012
Kieran Darcy-Smith's debut feature maintains a vice-like grip that reaches maximum intensity as the mystery is solved.