What Happened Was...
What Happened Was... (1994)

Two vaguely acquainted co-workers meet for a first date. This is the deceptively simple premise of What Happened Was..., the directorial debut of actor and playwright Tom Noonan. Noonan also portrays Michael, a paralegal; Karen Sillas plays… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 1, 1994
DVD Release Date: March 26, 1996
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy

This intense, mysterious drama about a date between two lonely misfits, is sensitively directed by Tom Noonan, better known as an actor; it was the surprise winner of the Grand Jury Prize of the 1994 Sundance Film Festival.

Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online

A darky amusing but sadly poignant look at dating and deception.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

More like a bad real first date than a movie.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Brilliantly executed psychodrama about all the emotions that come to the fore in dating.

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Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

Absorbing character-based drama that yields plenty of nuances and variations on its simple premise.

Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

This one really moves and breathes.

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John Ballantine
The date of lowered expectations leads to a nice film where Noonan just lets the camera roll and allows the characters to develop within their own private… More
Stephen Earnest
"What Happened Was..." is perhaps one of the very best independent films I have ever seen. It's poignant, insightful, sweet, funny, and reminds… More