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Return to Me (2000)



Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 98
Fresh: 60 | Rotten: 38

David Duchovny and Minnie Driver provide heart-warming romance and comedy in this solid debut by Director Bonnie Hunt.


Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 12

David Duchovny and Minnie Driver provide heart-warming romance and comedy in this solid debut by Director Bonnie Hunt.



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Return To Me is an endearing romantic comedy infused with real life humor. Life can change in an instant and it does for Bob Rueland and Grace Briggs. A lonely Bob is embraced by Grace, who is surrounded by a coterie of substitute mothers including her Irish grandfather, who with his Italian brother-in-law run a Chicago restaurant. Although Bob and Grace are strangers at the start of our story, their lives are soon forever intertwined by fate.


Drama, Romance, Comedy

Bonnie Hunt, Don Lake, Andrew Stern

Oct 31, 2000

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All Critics (116) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (60) | Rotten (38) | DVD (13)

Return to sender. Except for David Duchovny.

March 21, 2001 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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So innocent, so naive, so sweet and sincere, that you must leave your cynicism at the door or choose another movie.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Easily the most sane and encouraging romantic comedy since the far more polished, but equally expansive and ethnically flavored Moonstruck.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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This film is energized by excellent performances.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:
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The movie suffers from a surfeit of affection.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
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Ultimately too bland and safe.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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An unbelievable premise, but sweet and romantic.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Touches the audience's heart without being sappy.

January 4, 2010 Full Review Source:

Contrivances abound, no doubt, but the picture refuses any disingenuous pollutant access to the mix, instead leading with heartfelt, lived-in emotions, enjoying a deliciously homey mood of friendly flirtation and old-world wisdom.

December 7, 2009 Full Review Source:

Driver and Duchovny shine in romance with heart.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix

Every time I see this it is better and better. Bonnie Hunt is an amazing writer.

July 1, 2002 Full Review

Characters you can enjoy watching and will care about, places you will enjoy spending time, and a charming, hopeful look at love amid the vagaries of life.

May 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

See this wonderful film and let it teach you about the warmth, the richness, and the renewal of life.

March 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Have a heart.

October 10, 2001 Full Review Source:

[Hunt] chooses early emotional depth to fulfill later parts of the movie--a master stroke, as it turns out.

March 24, 2001 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

I could almost recommend Return to Me to the more saccharine of my acquaintances were it not for a sugary denouement.

January 1, 2000
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January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Flint Journal
Flint Journal

Return to Me isn't as well-executed as it could have been.

January 1, 2000
Planet Sick-Boy

Although quite realistic at first, all conflicts suffer from unrealistic resolutions and from the lack of subtlety.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Cinephiles

Wholly predictable.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for Return to Me

Return To Classic Romance
April 2, 2012

Super Reviewer

A supporting cast stacked like the old Lakers starting lineup bouys this unusually plotted romcom that's got laughs and tears. Not bad, not bad at all.
December 16, 2011

Super Reviewer

Yeah, it's another romantic comedy, but more than that it's thoughtful, loving, and accurate. Think, one big hug of a film.
September 8, 2010

Super Reviewer

Actress-director Bonnie Hunt makes this wonderful comedy-drama film which seems very emotionally, heartwarming and funny of the young couple who has a very strong heart like fell in love, neither aware of the medical miracle that bonds them; the point of the story is what will happen after they do find out. The result is a charming example of the kinder, gentler filmmaking that couples or parents often complain we "don't see enought of anymore." And the seniors are really hilarious.
August 18, 2008
Dean McKenna

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