Then She Found Me
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Following the separation from her husband and the death of her adopted mother, schoolteacher April Epner 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 (Colin Firth), only to find that the mystery to life's questions cannot be solved by a simple revelation.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Unexpectedly sharp, light and appealing; a testament to Hunt's skills behind the camera."
‑ Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times
"Suffers from, if anything, a lack of pure confidence in the story, the actors or the audience."
‑ John Anderson, Washington Post
"Trying to establish a serio-comic tone is a task best suited for seasoned directors. Given that a boom microphone drops into the film frame at least twice, Hunt has more basic production elements to master."
‑ Susan Tavernetti, Palo Alto Weekly
"The loudest laughs in this "serious comedy" came from three brief appearances by author Salman Rushdie as a doctor."
‑ , Sun Online
"It's not going to cause too much of a stir but it left me wanting to see what else she can do, so I am already looking forward to her next film."
‑ , Heart 106.2
"Hunt's film does soften the heart, not least because of its honesty and its sensitivity to some unfashionable dilemmas."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"Hunt draws some good performances from the cast and wisely chose a low-key personal story for her directorial debut."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Everyone acts decently and you have to praise Hunt for her tenacity. But this suffers from some fairly dire cinematography and a manufactured air that prevents the watcher connecting to the whole thing."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Given its cast and source material - Elinor Lipman's highly-regarded novel - it all makes for a highly disappointing experience."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"All in all, not quite as good as it gets."
‑ Neil Smith, Total Film
"From the looks of things, the actors were simply let loose as themselves."
‑ Christy DeSmith, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A few plot turns too many undermine Helen Hunt's Then She Found Me, and that's too bad, because Hunt shows some nice touches here both in front of and behind the camera."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Hunt's lovely voice, pitched in that diurnal-dizzy limbo between mezzo and soprano, is perfect for mid-life crisis. So is her gawky, strung-out, tragicomical body language."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"Unendurable American middle-aged whingeing."
‑ Christopher Tookey, Daily Mail [UK]
"This is not without its attractions - an occasionally waspishly witty script and some unexpected dramatic tangents - but the characters never seem more than a casually bagged collection of tics and mannerisms."
‑ Tim Evans, Sky Movies
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