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  • Summary: Adapted from Elinor Lipman’s novel of the same name, Helen Hunt makes her feature directing debut with Then She Found Me, a touching story of schoolteacher April Epner and her very unlikely path towards personal fulfillment. Following the separation from her husband and the death of herAdapted from Elinor Lipman’s novel of the same name, Helen Hunt makes her feature directing debut with Then She Found Me, a touching story of schoolteacher April Epner and her very unlikely path towards personal fulfillment. Following the separation from her husband and the death of her adopted mother, April is contacted by her apparent birth mother, who turns out to be a local talk show host Bernice Graves. As Bernice tries to become the mother to April that she was never able to be, April seems to find solace in the arms of the parent of one of her students, only to find that the mystery to life's questions cannot be solved by a simple revelation. (THINKFilm) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 27
  2. Negative: 3 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    90
    A smart, subtle and seriously funny dramedy bound to find favor with sophisticated auds.
  2. Reviewed by: Clark Collis
    75
    Hunt's movie-directing debut frequently crackles with nice gags.
  3. 75
    While there are plenty of laughs, Hunt doesn't play this for farce. Even Midler gives perhaps the most restrained, and arguably the most winning, performance of her screen career.
  4. 63
    What ought to be a bittersweet movie about a woman's momentary unraveling feels like a workout class: Cardio melodrama.
  5. No, there isn't anything wrong with comfort entertainment. Then She Found Me could have, should have been something special - a "Knocked Up" for weary boomers. The only hitch is that it isn't all that entertaining. Nor comforting for that matter.
  6. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    50
    There's a quirky, honest movie struggling to emerge from Then She Found Me (April's Jewish heritage is refreshingly portrayed, and there are lovely, scattered moments when the characters surprise you), but Hunt, in her directorial debut, can't seem to decide whether she'd rather make a spicy ethnic dish or bland comfort food.
  7. A bizarre, overcooked broth that combines a broad sitcom style (the banter goes rat-tat-tat like a steam drill) with a preposterous succession of plot complications, plus solemn questions of identity, adoption and the nature of happiness.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 20
  2. Negative: 8 out of 20
  1. AlaneS.
    Dec 20, 2008
    10
    Well acted.
  2. NH
    Jun 30, 2008
    9
    This film was much better than I was expecting. The theme of life being difficult and messy - but worth it - really showed through. And not This film was much better than I was expecting. The theme of life being difficult and messy - but worth it - really showed through. And not least of all, Colin Firth looked wonderful. Expand
  3. JakeB.
    Jan 2, 2009
    8
    As far as I'm concerned, Helen Hunt makes every movie she's in worth watching. When it counts, the emotions are there, the As far as I'm concerned, Helen Hunt makes every movie she's in worth watching. When it counts, the emotions are there, the characters are true to life, the personal anguish and triumphs resonate. Ms. Hunt: make more movies! Expand
  4. Sep 1, 2014
    5
    A disappointing surprise from Helen Hunt's directorial debut. Then She Found Me is a unique look at motherhood and long-lost relationships.A disappointing surprise from Helen Hunt's directorial debut. Then She Found Me is a unique look at motherhood and long-lost relationships. Unfortunately, the gifted cast fell short. Expand
  5. PeterM
    Mar 17, 2009
    1
    The worst movie I have seen in years. It is boring, the story is flat, and overall, the movie has no drive. Watch only if you have absolutely The worst movie I have seen in years. It is boring, the story is flat, and overall, the movie has no drive. Watch only if you have absolutely nothing else to do. Expand
  6. JanW.
    Apr 29, 2008
    1
    an unpleasant evening spent in the theater getting through this vanity project. Hunt says again and again and again that just one layer an unpleasant evening spent in the theater getting through this vanity project. Hunt says again and again and again that just one layer underneath, each of the characters is 100% autobiographical. I believe the whiny overwrought, put upon character she plays, deep wrinkles and all, absolutely is her. The rest who knows. Also, Hunt has lamented how long it took her to raise the money and how hard it was to get this off the ground over a ten year period and how hard it was to make the movie on a shoestring, didn't pay the other actors, etc....she made $1 million per episode the last year of her sitcom, made tens of millions for her movies post-Oscar, is dating the writer/executive producer of a tv series -- why didn't she stop her whining years ago and put up the money for this tiny budget movie herself or ask her baby daddy to chip in. Bizarre on every level and it shows in the film. Expand
  7. Anthony
    Jun 18, 2008
    0
    Terrible all around, jumpy editing, stale acting, and Skeletor in the main acting role.

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