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Finding Amanda Reviews

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S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
December 30, 2010
Mature, uneven prostitution dramedy loses its way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 9, 2008
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.
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John Anderson
October 18, 2008
A very darkly humorous film.
| Original Score: 3/4
David D'Arcy
Screen International
October 18, 2008
Offers up some zinger lines in the trenches of Sin City but fails to live up to its ingenious concept.
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Ronnie Scheib
October 18, 2008
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.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 6, 2008
Hopelessly uneven yet admittedly entertaining...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
July 4, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Tony Medley
July 3, 2008
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 | Original Score: 1/10
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 30, 2008
Broderick's sunny spin on the deeply flawed Taylor is interesting but eventually defies belief. In the third act, Finding Amanda loses steam altogether.
Katey Rich
June 29, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
June 27, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 27, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 27, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 27, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
June 27, 2008
Written with more bite, the premise might hold up, but as executed here by Tolan, it is a soft-hearted, haphazard mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
June 27, 2008
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Cynthia Fuchs
June 27, 2008
Too much of Peter Tolan's movie takes up Taylor's self-absorption as if it's actually interesting.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 27, 2008
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
Pete Hammond
June 27, 2008
This cloying comedy is barely enlivened by its talented stars who both deserve much better.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Brian Tallerico
The Deadbolt
June 27, 2008
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.
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