Would I have have rated it if I was also an earnest but misunderstood young adult making the at best 'awkward' at worst 'excruciating' transition from being at-the-mercy-of-others to self-determining. I dont know. As it was I fell asleep.
Well done to Zach Braff for writing, directing and acting this. He's certainly talented. While the main story about a young man finding his balance in life was worthy, the film itself was a bit "what the!". He can only get better at this.
Terrific character-based indie film, nicely acted (particularly Natalie Portman in an endearing, raw role & Zach Braff in an amiable, understated performance) with some very funny moments. I found this far more engaging and believable than the similarly themed & ridiculously over-rated Silver Linings Playbook. Great Wes Anderson-esque soundtrack too.
Don't bother, found it terribly boring
Well acted in a controlled sort of way - never goes too far (as a lot of American films are prone to do) - and is believable
A beautiful movie with a great sound track.
Its enjoyable with very quirky and memorable characters. Its a little hard to get use to not seeing Zach Braff as his quirky character in Scrubs but
This film is affable but not much more.
Worth a watch. Didnt have the WOW factor but still enjoyed it.
One of my favourite films, it's one that I can watch again and again. The quirky characters, offbeat humour and tons of heart make it a joy to watch (and re-watch)
I was shocked and dismayed to find out that some of my friends actually like this poorly conceived bunch of nothing.
I tell friends who like this movie "When you die, I will still come to your funeral. But I may not cry". Without doubt, one of the worst movies ever made.
a really nice movie :) highly recommend it
Interesting. A bit quirky, off-beat. Well-written and good acting. We enjoyed it.
Worth viewing just for Natalie Portman.
Definatley one of the more 'real' movies I've seen in a while. The converations flow like any you would have with your own friends and everything just seems natural in terms of story flow and character interaction.
A simply brillant movie that makes you feel happy at the end...I highly recommend Garden State to anyone.
I absolutely love this movie. Garden State is one of those movies I love to watch every now and then. Zach Braff is a brilliant actor but wow this movie shows his writing and directing skills as well.
This is one of those quirky finding yourself movies that you come across every now and then. I think everyone can see a little bit of themselves in one of the characters and that's what makes it so special and a joy to watch. I get something new out of it each time I watch it.
One of those great movies that will remain a personal favourite.Natalie Portman and Braff have a relaxed cheeky
kind of relatinship which will leave you smiling
Truly original. Zach Braff is a major talent and Natalie Portman if the best young actress around today. Recommended if you go for a quirky comedy/drama
I thoroughly enjoyed this. Interesting plot. I have often wondered what is in store for the kids who have been on drugs for the (questionable) disease ADD since early childhood. Its too sad to think how many great minds have been lost to these drugs. Fit into our box or we will drug you into submission.
I was already a big fan of Zach Braff from his work on Scrubbs but this movie has made me a much bigger one. This is a fantastic, quirky film that I thoroughly enjoyed and may well buy. Watch it.
Excellent movie! A must see
Awesome debut. Zach Braff is definetly one to watch out for in future. Natalie Portman is excellent, giving a very strong performance. Very well written and directed film.
Definitely a must see movie. Fantastic character depth, moving story supported by a fantastic cast. Zach Braff is outstanding. It has its share of laugh out loud moments but also pulls at your heart strings. You can't help but to care for the characters. Natalie Portman is endearing. What can I say ... I laughed and I cried. Its everything a movie should be.
Self-indulgent, navel-gazing druggie teen clap-trap.
Such a great film- original and funny- filmed beautifully! If you're in to photography or film, you'll love the way they've shot this film.
Plot is a pretty standard "quirky person shows uptight person how to live and love", but the acting and script are great, making this fun to watch.
I liked the movie. It was quirky and provided a few giggles along the way.
Not as good as was lead to believe from reviews at the time the movie came out. The story line didn't do much for me and was ultimately boring. The performances in the movie are fine, but it needed something more. And the story could be anywhere - there is really nothing specific about the Garden State (New Jersey).
Great movie. Looking forward to Zach Braff's next film whenever that might be!
Terrific movie kiss between Zach Braff & Natalie Portman.
This movie starts of very, very slow and you really don't understanding where the characters are heading with the storyline. Yet by the end of the movie you grow to love and somewhat respect the characters. Fans of Zach from Scrubs will get a surprise at his serious side which is very endearing. Natalie is once a again strong in her performance.
Some deep moments but also some laugh-out-louders :D
This is one of those movies that left me thinking about life and the choices we make. It started slow and slightly disjointed but once it got its pace I was hooked. Fantastic characters and storylines. It's now on my list of all time faves that I'll watch again and again.
I really liked this movie. Zach Braff has a lot of talent and is definitely one to watch in the future. You really feel an attachment to the characters.
It's what is not said that is brilliant!!!
This movie has some charms. It has good music and some likeable characters and events. Andrew's history, however, is unconvincing. The changes in him as he awakens are understated or not interesting enough. The plot line: "A colourless young man falls in love, becomes very slightly more colourful and decides to give up his medication." For a much richer film that has similar low key atmosphere, see 'Lost in Translation'
My favourite film this year by far! Excellent characters - quirky.
it might start out a little odd but you cant help but love the characters in ths movie.. so quirky and they will make you laugh in spite of yourself. Great sound track too.
It has some great moments of visual comedy (the dipolma on the ceiling), but Zach Braff's crush on Natalie Portman was not enough to sustain an entire film.