Finding Amanda Reviews

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June 27, 2008
Too much of Peter Tolan's movie takes up Taylor's self-absorption as if it's actually interesting.
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.
June 27, 2008
This cloying comedy is barely enlivened by its talented stars who both deserve much better.
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.
June 27, 2008
A peculiar film, which is really two films fighting to occupy the same space.
June 27, 2008
The familiar premise here has sharp fangs, unsparing wit and a knockout performance by Brittany Snow as the round-heeled 20-year-old.
June 26, 2008
"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.
June 26, 2008
It can be done -- there are rich, sordid black comedies out there -- but Tolan doesn't quite pull it off.
June 26, 2008
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.
June 26, 2008
It's amusing but facile, reasonably clever but hopelessly glib.
June 26, 2008
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.
June 26, 2008
The interplay between Broderick and Snow ultimately make Finding Amanda more enjoyable than it should be.
June 26, 2008
Amanda is a generously funny, sharp-edged comedy with unusual promise, and to watch it grow a conscience when clearly the film needed more generous helpings of acid is one of the year's great mysteries.
June 26, 2008
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.
June 26, 2008
Finding Amanda has its wispy charms, including a funny scene when the ecstasy Taylor pops begins to kick in, and later when he encounters a pimp with showbiz aspirations.
June 26, 2008
By keeping the tone light and the players human (Steve Coogan has a nice turn as a greasy casino host), and never, ever romanticizing the addict, Finding Amanda comes by its heartbreak honestly.
June 24, 2008
A fun look at Vegas that imbues the seediness of the setting with a sense of innocence and warmth that might take some by surprise.
June 22, 2008
A clumsy mash of Leaving Las Vegas and Hardcore.
June 20, 2008
A breakthrough for Brittany Snow who shows she can do much more than horrible remakes and teen comedies...
June 18, 2008
False, forced, familiar and often vulgar, especially in its language and depiction of certain characters.
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