75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Though his film is a tad choppy and a lot chatty, Hindman elicits sympathetic performances from leads who demonstrate a deep understanding of movie physics.
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63

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
The Answer Man is a passable way to kill two hours on a lazy summer afternoon, and perhaps an excuse to get out of the heat.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A perfect example of an Intelligent Bad Movie.
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50

Wall Street Journal

Its crackly sarcasm and smart talk turn out to be simply coating for a soft, icky, center.
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50

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
A theological trifle that ultimately twists itself into a romantic comedy.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Daniels plays Arlen with a kind of cuddly crankiness; he makes him a jerk who just needs a hug.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Dull, dreary Answer Man raises this question: Why?
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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40

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
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.
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25

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Brutally banal chitchat about life and love ensues.
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44 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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