• R, 1 hr. 30 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Peter Tolan
    In Theaters:
    Apr 1, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Sep 16, 2008
  • Mitropoulos Films


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Finding Amanda Reviews

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S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media

Mature, uneven prostitution dramedy loses its way.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

December 30, 2010
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Offers a steady supply of clever lines but suffers from the patina of self-loathing common to industry lifers and the unfortunate miscasting of straight-arrow Broderick as a depressed, cynical hack.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 9, 2008
John Anderson
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A very darkly humorous film.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

October 18, 2008
Ronnie Scheib
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Matthew Broderick regains his cinematic stride as a morosely wise-cracking television producer on the skids, ably abetted by Maura Tierney as his much-put-upon wife and Brittany Snow as his perky prostitute niece.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 18, 2008
David D'Arcy
Screen International

Offers up some zinger lines in the trenches of Sin City but fails to live up to its ingenious concept.

Full Review Source: Screen International

October 18, 2008
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

Hopelessly uneven yet admittedly entertaining...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 6, 2008
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

This unromantic comedy is something less than a sure bet. For some reason, you get the impression that it doesn't live up to the promise of its premise.

Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 3/5

July 4, 2008
Tony Medley

This vulgar film, replete with vile language and graphic descriptions of sex acts, degrades our culture. Even George Carlin might find it offensive.

Full Review Source: tonymedley.com | Original Score: 1/10

July 3, 2008
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Broderick's sunny spin on the deeply flawed Taylor is interesting but eventually defies belief. In the third act, Finding Amanda loses steam altogether.

June 30, 2008
Katey Rich

Though Finding Amanda's story reaches a reasonably satisfying conclusion, the empty characters at its center make the whole thing feel like a waste.

Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com | Original Score: 2/5

June 29, 2008
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Doesn't have a nuance in it, but it's pretty consistently amusing in its latter-day Woody Allen way. For most of the way, its morals are happily, believably wrong, but all bad things must come to an end.

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 27, 2008
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Finding Amanda has some of the good and a lot of the bad aspects of a first film written and directed by the same person.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

June 27, 2008
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Much of Finding Amanda doesn't stand up to close scrutiny, but at its best the still-boyish Broderick suggests his most famous character, Ferris Bueller, going through a midlife crisis.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 27, 2008
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Tolan writes regularly for smart shows like Rescue Me, but his best instincts deserted him when he set his sights on the big screen for the first time.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

June 27, 2008
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
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Written with more bite, the premise might hold up, but as executed here by Tolan, it is a soft-hearted, haphazard mess.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

June 27, 2008
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News

Writer-director Peter Tolan has glibness down pat, but can't quite wring the intended pathos from his characters' desperate lives. He does, however, give Broderick his best part since Election.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 27, 2008
Cynthia Fuchs

Too much of Peter Tolan's movie takes up Taylor's self-absorption as if it's actually interesting.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

June 27, 2008
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Set mostly in Las Vegas, Finding Amanda offers a vision of confused Americans losing their already shaky bearings in the world's gaudiest honky-tonk.

| Original Score: 3.5/5

June 27, 2008
Pete Hammond

This cloying comedy is barely enlivened by its talented stars who both deserve much better.

Full Review Source: Hollywood.com | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 27, 2008
Brian Tallerico
The Deadbolt

Amanda can never find a tone. It opens with a scene-reading (Taylor is a writer on a hacky TV show) that produces yawns, where our lead character is the only one that laughs. It's prophetic.

Full Review Source: The Deadbolt

June 27, 2008
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