'Til There Was You (1997)



Critic Consensus: Utterly bereft of romance or humor, 'Til There Was You is a singularly misguided attempt at romantic comedy.

Movie Info

This romantic comedy is the first film from two television veterans, writer Winnie Holzman and director Scott Winant. Gwen Moss (Jeanne Tripplehorn) is a writer working on the life story of former child actress Francesca Lanfield (Sarah Jessica Parker), who is recovering from drug addiction. Nick Dawkan (Dylan McDermott) is an architect working on a housing development that will require razing Gwen's beloved vintage apartment. Gwen frequently visits a restaurant designed by Nick, but she never meets him. In the meantime, she is romantically rebuffed by a college professor (Ken Olin), who reveals that he is bisexual. Eventually, Gwen's crusade to save the apartment complex, which is owned by Francesca, attracts the attention of Nick.
PG-13 (Sensuality, Language, and Drug References)
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Paramount Pictures


Alice Drummond
as Harriet
Karen Allen
as Betty
Ken Olin
as Gregory
Steve Antin
as Kevin
Nina Foch
as Sophia Monroe
Kasi Lemmons
as Angenelle
Kale Browne
as Vince
John Plumpis
as Saul (age 25)
Janel Moloney
as Beebee (age 25)
Yvonne Zima
as Gwen (age 7)
Kellen Fink
as Nick (age 7)
Alexandra Theriault
as Taffy (age 7)
Kimberly Paige
as Taffy (age 12)
Jim Jansen
as TV Dad
Sean Bolvin
as Happy Family Member
Kenneth Flores
as Happy Family Member
Joette Hayward
as Happy Family Member
Mary Martin
as Happy Family Member
Steven Scott
as Happy Family Member
Andrew Armbruster
as Jonny (age 8)
Amanda Fuller
as Debbie (age 13)
Madeline Zima
as Gwen (age 12)
Joshua Rubin
as Nick (age 12)
Matt Alexander
as Gwen's Prom Date
John Mascaro
as Gwen's College Date
Richard Fancy
as Murdstone
Ian Gomez
as Scott
Matt Roth
as Todd
Karen Mayo-Chandler
as Awful Truth Woman
Anthony Guidera
as Maitre D'
Alexa Jago
as Suzanne
John Hawkes
as Gawayne
Jack Kruschen
as Mr. Katz
Bruce Winant
as 2nd Mover
David C. Miller
as Man With Flyer
William Utay
as Paul Pullman
William Forward
as Chairman
Ron Jeremy
as Waiter With Tray
Kelly McCarthy
as Waitress
Annabelle Gurwitch
as Woman in Bathroom
Marina Malota
as Gwen's Daughter
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Critic Reviews for 'Til There Was You

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (15)

I had mixed feelings about the slow ride, but one thing is certain: This film could have been a lot stronger if it was a lot simpler.

Full Review… | May 5, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

It tries for fizzy, but there's hardly a bubble in it.

Full Review… | May 5, 2014
New York Daily News
Top Critic

When will someone realize that sexy Sarah Jessica Parker is pure comic gold and start writing movies that give her a chance to glisten? She's the only spice in this too-sweet romantic comedy.

Full Review… | May 5, 2014
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Alas, first-time director Scott Winant and screenwriter Winnie Holzman rarely get beyond the cuteness of the story's structure.

Full Review… | May 5, 2014
Seattle Times
Top Critic

I was not surprised to discover in the press notes that the movie ''has a touch of autobiography.'' The film's irritating insistence on parading its sensitivity gave the game away.

Full Review… | May 5, 2014
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

With its clotted script, art direction that's all splash and no style, and dialogue that's too nakedly calculated to facilitate identification), this tedious and confused movie points several characters in obvious directions.

Full Review… | July 28, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for 'Til There Was You


This was a sweet love story. Tripplehorn and McDermott were great in their roles, but it would have been nice if they had a few more minutes on screen together.

Heather Metzger
Heather Metzger

Good movie. I enjoyed it alot. Great peformances by Jeanne Tripplhhorn, Dylan McDermott, Jennifer Aniston and Sarah Jessica Parker. You should rent this movie. :)

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

Good movie. I enjoyed it alot. Great peformances by Jeanne Tripplhhorn, Dylan McDermott, Jennifer Aniston and Sarah Jessica Parker. You should rent this movie. :)

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

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