Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. 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.
  2. 63
    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.
  3. A promising premise and some very good actors are smothered in goo in The Answer Man.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    A theological trifle that ultimately twists itself into a romantic comedy.
  5. 50
    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.
  6. A perfect example of an Intelligent Bad Movie.
  7. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Dull, dreary Answer Man raises this question: Why?
  8. Daniels plays Arlen with a kind of cuddly crankiness; he makes him a jerk who just needs a hug.
  9. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Hindman is a stand-up comedian with many Turgenev-size issues on his mind--inadequate fathers and troubled sons, overprotective mothers, the search for belief--whose weight this slight picture can hardly bear. But the laid-back charm of Daniels and Graham's bumpy courtship gives the movie a much-needed edge of idiosyncrasy.
  10. Reviewed by: Glenn Whipp
    Conveniently, everyone wears their symptoms on their sleeves, but because the characters are so haphazardly drawn, their pain remains elusive to the end.
  11. 50
    Never shows enough passion to be interestingly bad.
  12. Reviewed by: Joanne Kaufman
    Its crackly sarcasm and smart talk turn out to be simply coating for a soft, icky, center.
  13. 42
    Unoriginality is the greatest and most flagrant of its many sins.
  14. 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.
  15. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Jeff Daniels' gleeful misanthropy and Lauren Graham's emotional openness are poorly served by the pic's transparently phony story and therapeutic uplift
  16. 25
    Brutally banal chitchat about life and love ensues.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Nov 27, 2010
    Watched this little gem last night with my wife. Though received with very mixed reviews by critics, we both really enjoyed this indie romantic comedy. Simple plot and character structure, yet provides some soulful insights into our relational needs as human beings, and the fear that often isolates us. Many Christians will find the film "theologically challenged" (and might be offended by some of the crude language), but it is not a film about man and God, but about human relationships, and the fullness we get from being together even when the world is a scary place. Full Review »
  2. Dec 11, 2010
    I have to say I agree with the above review, very insightful. It was not JUST a romantic comedy; it tied stories that really meant something in the film. Itâ Full Review »