Based on 27 Critics
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fan reviews ( 14 )
  • 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. show more

  • The material is so charged that it threatens to electrocute any who would touch it. Yet from the moment that Bette Midler, as Bernice the bio-Mom, appears, she becomes the instrument of its emotional release, catharsis teetering on high heels. show more

  • With subtle laughs but solid emotional thrust, it will play very well with older audiences. show more

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  • December 24, 2012 pegs110
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    Positively one of the best films Helen Hunt has made. It\'s honest, touching, and a lovely portrayal of a woman whose life has fallen apart and her real mother who gave her up for adoption who helps her through these times. The mother, expertly played by Bette Midler comes into her life when needed most. Midler is hilarious, full of life, and almost stalks her daughter into allowing her to part of her life amidst constant crticism. The rest of the cast is marvelous.....Colin Firth is painfully honest and true to his character. He shows he is not just a pretty face and loves and accepts her while finding out she makes mistakes. This is a thoroughly entertaining film I could watch over and over. Bravo to Helen Hunt for directing and starring in this warm and mesmerizing story.

  • March 26, 2011 Anita
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    What on earth has happened to Helen Hunt? She looks emaciated and old in the face! She was never a beauty but now she is downright ugly.

  • September 24, 2008 Pretty Mary!
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    The movie was directed by Helen Hunt. Why she kept herself as the main character star in this movie is beyond me. Helen Hunt looks too thin, masked any new creative interpretation of this main character while maintaining Helen Hunt's usual interpretation and style of acting. Bette Midler was refreshing as was Colin Firth. The story line was interesting but ruined by Helen Hunt's presence. Hang up the acting shoes, Helen.

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