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The Answer Man (Arlen Faber) Reviews

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August 6, 2009
How much more interesting is a film like (500) Days of Summer, which is about the complexities of life, in comparison with this one, which cheerfully cycles through the cliches.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 23, 2009
The Answer Man is one of those modestly diverting motion pictures that's as sweet as cotton candy -- and as insubstantial.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 21, 2009
What's the point of giving us unsentimentalized and messed-up characters if you're just going to steer them all towards a tidy, unconvincing denouement?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 8, 2009
Watchable and occasionally endearing, but it's frustrating when our good will is tested by greeting-card sentiment and assembly-line clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 25, 2009
Has a terrific cast and charming performances, but it's often lazy, contrived, lacking insight and, ultimately, underwhelming in terms of drama, romance and comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.85/10
July 27, 2009
It almost felt like the characters weren't really reciting dialogue that came from them but rather just simply memorizing it off the script.
April 12, 2016
The Answer Man is reaching for something but never quite grasps it.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
July 19, 2009
A dreary tale spun out of bland cliches and so many coincidences that one begins to believe its titular guru perhaps does have a direct line to the Almighty.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
July 24, 2009
This two-bit echo of The Accidental Tourist is a preachy pill that wastes the genial, funny Jeff Daniels and the criminally underused Lauren Graham.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 24, 2009
I could see the sparks flying, but they were being generated by my back teeth.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
July 25, 2009
As part of the current season's spate of philosophical lifestyle pap movies like "Away We Go" and "$9.99," first-time-director (oh how I rue those words) John Hindman trips at every step.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
July 22, 2009
The debut from writer-director John Hindman features a premise that sounds an awful lot like As Good As It Gets, except the script isn't as sharp.
July 24, 2009
The implausible Answer Man offers little clarity but plenty of far-fetched scenarios and credibility-defying coincidences.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 7, 2009
These are FATAL flaws in the screenplay -- not rooting for the romance to work and not rooting for the lead to find redemption. I wanted God to strike Arlen Faber down in the street.
August 6, 2009
Well-meaning rubbish is still rubbish.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 6, 2009
An earnest, banal, not-quite-satire of New Age wisdom that evolves into a psychobabbling romantic drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
July 24, 2009
Never shows enough passion to be interestingly bad.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
July 31, 2009
The Answer Man is a perfect example of an Intelligent Bad Movie, easy to take, promising along the way ... And then things start to go wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 24, 2009
Its crackly sarcasm and smart talk turn out to be simply coating for a soft, icky, center.
July 23, 2009
about as memorable as the proverbial stock picture that came with the frame
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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