What Happened Was...
1994, Drama, 1h 31m23 Reviews 250+ Ratings
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Quote not available.September 7, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
This intense, mysterious drama about a date between two lonely misfits, is sensitively directed by Tom Noonan, better known as an actor; it was the surprise winner of the Grand Jury Prize of the 1994 Sundance Film Festival.December 20, 2006 | Rating: B+
Quote not available.September 9, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
There are many small moments of perfect observation. But I never really felt they were building to anything, or heading anywhere.January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Quote not available.January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Quote not available.June 1, 1994 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Jan 03, 2013The date of lowered expectations leads to a nice film where Noonan just lets the camera roll and allows the characters to develop within their own private space. Nice.John B Super Reviewer
Apr 14, 2012"What Happened Was..." is perhaps one of the very best independent films I have ever seen. It's poignant, insightful, sweet, funny, and reminds us of how awkward getting to know someone at first truly is. Tom Noonan is an actor whose work as a director was unknown to me before this film, and here he exceeds in both categories. "What Happened Was..." ends more dramatically than I would have preferred, but it is a worthwhile and satisfying experience nonetheless. If dialogue-driven films are your thing, this one comes highly recommended.Stephen E Super Reviewer
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