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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 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 19
  2. Negative: 8 out of 19

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