(2004)

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Metascore

Based on 37 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
80
Garden State illuminates a young man's overdue coming of age with unexpected depth and grace.
80
The Hollywood Reporter
Writer/director Zach Braff has threaded a powerful and intelligent personal story through a genre all too rare today – romantic comedy.
75
Rolling Stone
It's a hilarious and heartfelt ode to twentysomething angst. Braff has himself a winner.
75
Though unlikely to have the lasting quality of "The Graduate," it feels a bit like that seminal film for today's generation.
70
Film Threat
When Braff keeps the tears and the kookiness in check, he takes us into some unusual, interesting areas of the human psyche. And makes us laugh a good deal while he's at it.
70
Village Voice
Braff's naive romanticism is also lovely proof of the film's innocent heart.
70
Small, smart, off-kilter comedy.
63
ReelViews
As long as you go into Garden State with reasonable expectations, its capacity to disappoint will be limited.
60
Variety
Feels too piecemeal and ultimately inconsequential.
60
The A.V. Club
Garden State coasts on this considerable charm until it hits a brick wall in its final segments.

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