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  • 75
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    The new movie shrieks of motherhood - raising hot-button issues like biological clocks running down, the rights of birth mothers and whether to adopt or give artificial insemination a shot. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    There are some wise observations about parenting. Hunt draws some good performances from the cast and wisely chose a low-key personal story for her directorial debut. show more

  • 30
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    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

  • 50
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    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

  • 40
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Has some nice moments, but it feels very much like a first film. The pacing is off, and the cast members appear to be acting in completely different projects. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

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

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune

    A strength of Then She Found Me, from Elinor Lipman's novel, is its straightforward, uncomplicated storytelling that keeps the threads untangled and blends the everyday and the absurd with natural ease. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    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. show more

  • 75
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    This is Hunt's show, and she delivers a strong performance that captures all the seriousness and absurdity of the avalanche of circumstances that comes crashing down on April's head. To say she's only half the director she is an actress is actually paying her quite a complement. show more

  • 63
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    What ought to be a bittersweet movie about a woman's momentary unraveling feels like a workout class: Cardio melodrama. show more

  • 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.

  • September 03, 2008 NLOVEELLE
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    This could have been a very nice story line. However, the unnecessary use of the F-word made this movie extremely uncomfortable for me. The backseat seen also took away from the warm fuzzy feeling of Helen Hunt and Colin Firth's relationship. I have no desire to ever see it again.

  • July 21, 2008 luvsanimlsgal
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    Am I the only one that noticed the microphone throughout the entire movie. What was that about? How do u not see that in editing?

  • June 17, 2008 natalie z riccio
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    ugh!!!!

  • May 22, 2008 freedomshannon
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    This was one of the worst films I've seen to date. The acting was terrible, mediocre at best. There was no depth to the characters, nor to the relationships between the characters. Bette Midler brought some light to the screen but not enough to carry the film. The directing is stiff and the editing choppy. How this film has 4 stars is beyond comprehension.

  • May 22, 2008 marsl47
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    I was so dissapointed in this movie. I felt the acting was ok but the writing was poor and the dialogue was not believable.Even seemed akward at times.There were some smart moments that Helen Hunt tried to convey to the audience that I got but it didn't flow very well.It wasn't funny and I felt embarrassed for Bette Midler's character. I realize HH wanted to show realism in her characters but I couldn't get passed Bette Midlers puffy cosmetically enhanced cheeks and Helen Hunts frown lines. . I felt myself wondering when it would end. The actors are all great. I just wish they were in another movie so I could fully enjoy their talents.

  • May 22, 2008 spacelink500
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    the show was good, but the actors were too close up, needed more makeup, you could see every line on face, it was too dark, and a little blurry... the actors did terric acting, but it was more of a second rate movie.. bet midler looked cute, but the clothing on the other actors were ridiculous... makes the picture seem like you had a very low budget...they didn't give too much imagination to the backgroud scenery, if they did i think the picture would have been a lot more interesting

  • May 22, 2008 asarnel
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    I was in a good mood when I went to this movie and had to walk out in the middle of it. If you are in love or happy, DON'T SEE IT! I should have asked for my money back.

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