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  • Summary: A story of five seemingly unrelated people, each of whom has profound pain, a deep desire, tremendous drive and a need for forgiveness, whether of themselves, their parents, their ex-lovers, or the Gods they believe in. Throughout the story, their lives thematically intertwine though they never meet, until the end of the film when, through different circumstances, they all end up in New York and their lives and the story gains it's meaning and resolve. (Five Minutes Before the Miracle) Expand
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. 80
    If you liked "Magnolia," you'll also like Mind the Gap.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Warm-hearted but clear-eyed indie effort richly repays audience patience during deliberately paced and provocatively allusive early scenes with a cumulative emotional impact that is immensely satisfying.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Dominguez
    Everyone somehow ends up in Manhattan for a contrived and predictable conclusion. In his last film role, the late Alan King is reduced to a stereotype of a cantankerous Jewish senior.
  4. An earnest but overly contrived and overly long tale.
  5. 50
    You can see what's coming five minutes into the movie, but capable acting lends it a certain superficial charm.
  6. An overly ambitious, overly complex and overly long opus that bites off more than it can chew.
  7. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    In the crass, endless Mind the Gap, Schaeffer dares to ape "Magnolia," telling five barely connected stories with all the grace of a juggler tossing open bottles of Drano.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6