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  • Summary: Against the backdrop of a missing girl case, lost souls throughout Los Angeles search for meaning and redemption and affect each other in ways they don't always see. (Roadside Attractions)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 14
  2. Negative: 8 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Nov 30, 2011
    63
    The interlocking stories are theoretically about people whose lives are associated; that worked in "Crash." Here the connections seem less immediate and significant, and so the movie sometimes seems based on a group of separate short stories.
  2. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Nov 30, 2011
    60
    Stitching together a quilt of stories involving disparate Angelenos in the mode of "Magnolia" and "Short Cuts" and myriad other crisscrossers, this somber drama is well crafted and watchable but lacks the distinctive story content, style and standout performances to become more than a serviceable reboot of familiar ideas.
  3. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Dec 1, 2011
    60
    Some fine performances and an embrace of understatement make Matthew Leutwyler's oddly titled Answers to Nothing a respectable entry in the multiple-stories-that-interlock genre.
  4. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Dec 1, 2011
    30
    You know it's not working when you don't care about any of them. Sadly, that's the case with Answers to Nothing, Matthew Leutwyler's dud about a revolving cast of characters in Los Angeles.
  5. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    Dec 1, 2011
    25
    The result is a diligent brand of gloom. When it isn't being diligently gloomy, it's being obvious. When it isn't being obvious, it's being sneaky, and when it isn't being sneaky, it's marching toward a climax of B-movie violence, stupidity and nuttiness that summarily bumps off the movie's least annoying character.
  6. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Dec 1, 2011
    25
    None of what we see is at all credible.
  7. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    Nov 29, 2011
    0
    The most embarrassing project on co-star Barbara Hershey's resume.

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