• 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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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A peculiar film, which is really two films fighting to occupy the same space.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 27, 2008
Pete Hammond
Hollywood.com

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
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Finding Amanda, the alternate title of which might well have been "I Oughta Be in Rehab," is an uneasy chronicle of addiction and denial wrapped in the rhythms of Neil Simon.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

June 26, 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
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
CinemaBlend.com

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
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

A clumsy mash of Leaving Las Vegas and Hardcore.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

June 22, 2008
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze

Whether talking about being hooked on pot or just plain hooking, the movie despite, well, its potpourri of addictions, sticks to surfaces. Not to mention that a darker tone for this rehab redemption fare, might have been just the cure.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

June 17, 2008
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
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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The film's tone shifts jarringly from superficial broad comedy to something far darker. And the hooker-with-a-heart-of-gold scenario is as old as the profession itself.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 26, 2008
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com

"Finding Amanda" is little more than what "Hardcore" might have been like if it had been rewritten by the author of a dirty joke book--an idea that, come to think of it, is actually more amusing than anything on display here.

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

June 26, 2008
Erik Davis
Cinematical

... they should've renamed this one Finding the Right Tone.

Full Review Source: Cinematical | Original Score: 2/5

May 15, 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
Matt Pais
Metromix.com

An uncle watching his niece pick up a john should sting, not feel like we're meant to snicker at the uncomfortable look on Broderick's face.

Full Review Source: Metromix.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 26, 2008
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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It can be done -- there are rich, sordid black comedies out there -- but Tolan doesn't quite pull it off.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 26, 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
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
Hank Sartin
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 18, 2011
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com

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
Joshua Land
Time Out New York
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Opening with a scene from a bad sitcom that turns out to be indistinguishable from the rest of the movie, Finding Amanda limps before it's even out of the gate.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 1/6

June 26, 2008
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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November 24, 2011
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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