(2004)

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Metascore

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100
Premiere
Garden State gets it. Not since "The Graduate" has a movie nailed the beautiful terror of standing on the brink of adulthood with such satisfying precision.
88
Garden State is filled with characters you long to know more about, in situations to which almost anyone can relate. And that's as near a can't-miss movie formula as one can get.
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
Entertainment Weekly
Certainly Garden State is a very American specimen of debut indie form, its loose, goof-about scenes of comic melancholy reinforced with the glue of quirkiness over cracks in the narrative development.
75
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.
75
Philadelphia Inquirer
The best performances are those of Portman and the resourceful Peter Sarsgaard (Shattered Glass) as Mark.
75
New York Daily News
Sometimes veers off into preciosity. But it offers something rare in the bond between Andrew and Sam.
75
Chicago Sun-Times
This is not a perfect movie; it meanders and ambles and makes puzzling detours. But it's smart and unconventional, with a good eye for the perfect This is not a perfect movie; it meanders and ambles and makes puzzling detours. But it's smart and unconventional, with a good eye for the perfect detail.
50
What the movie lacks -- a big lack, not a fatal lack -- is a compelling character at its center. Everyone in Garden State is fun, skewed, strange and singular.
40
Wall Street Journal
Mr. Braff's idea of self-discovery is my idea of narcissism.

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