Then She Found Me

Critics Consensus

A threadbare story anchored by strong performances, Then She Found Me is a mostly successful directorial debut by Helen Hunt.

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Following the separation from her husband and the death of her adopted mother, schoolteacher April Epner is contacted by her apparent birth mother, who turns out to be a local talk show host Bernice Graves. As Bernice tries to become the mother to April that she was never able to be, April seems to find solace in the arms of the parent of one of her students (Colin Firth), only to find that the mystery to life's questions cannot be solved by a simple revelation.

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Critic Reviews for Then She Found Me

All Critics (119) | Top Critics (38)

  • Unexpectedly sharp, light and appealing; a testament to Hunt's skills behind the camera.

    Oct 18, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Everyone acts decently and you have to praise Hunt for her tenacity. But this suffers from some fairly dire cinematography and a manufactured air that prevents the watcher connecting to the whole thing.

    Sep 19, 2008 | Rating: 2/5
  • It's not the only misstep in Oscar-winning actress Helen Hunt's first film as director, which is a shame because she does a lot of things right.

    Sep 19, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

    Guardian
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  • The tut-tuttingly dull script refuses to supply a single happy line until Hunt squares up to the sudden arrival of Bette Midler.

    Sep 19, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Hunt's film does soften the heart, not least because of its honesty and its sensitivity to some unfashionable dilemmas.

    Sep 19, 2008 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…

    Wally Hammond

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • From the looks of things, the actors were simply let loose as themselves.

    Jul 16, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Then She Found Me

  • Jan 22, 2012
    If you are a romantic, you will like this movie. The main characters are all going through major changes in their lives - April's marriage is falling apart and the is 39 with no kids; Bernice is feeling left out of the daughter she gave up as an infant; Frank is having difficulty raising his kids. The movie takes all these issues and more and ties them up in a neat bow.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Dec 25, 2009
    The movie has a good cast, a ton of perspectives about love, life, relationships and the seeds parents sow. If your looking for a film with acoustic guitars, family matters, and good tempo without being unrealistic then watch "Then She Found Me".
    Alexander W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 30, 2009
    Very cute! It had a great cast.
    Erin C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 08, 2009
    I was really surprised by this film. I wasn't sure from the trailer if I was gonna like this film, but I was pleasantly surprised when I watched the film. Helen Hunt does a great job in her directorial debut. She also does a good job actingwise. Colin Firth is also great as her love interest. They have great on screen chemistry together. Better Midler steals every scene that she is in. The only weak spot with the film was Matthew Broderick. I thought he was miscast as the ex husband. I think he was much better with Helen Hunt in the film, Project X. I definitely recommend this film.
    Sol C Super Reviewer

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