The Answer Man

Metascore
44

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
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  1. A promising premise and some very good actors are smothered in goo in The Answer Man.
  2. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    50
    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.
  3. Daniels plays Arlen with a kind of cuddly crankiness; he makes him a jerk who just needs a hug.
  4. Reviewed by: Glenn Whipp
    50
    Conveniently, everyone wears their symptoms on their sleeves, but because the characters are so haphazardly drawn, their pain remains elusive to the end.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    Dull, dreary Answer Man raises this question: Why?
  6. 50
    Never shows enough passion to be interestingly bad.
  7. Reviewed by: Joanne Kaufman
    50
    Its crackly sarcasm and smart talk turn out to be simply coating for a soft, icky, center.
  8. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    50
    A theological trifle that ultimately twists itself into a romantic comedy.
  9. A perfect example of an Intelligent Bad Movie.
  10. 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.
  11. 42
    Unoriginality is the greatest and most flagrant of its many sins.
  12. 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.
  13. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    40
    Jeff Daniels' gleeful misanthropy and Lauren Graham's emotional openness are poorly served by the pic's transparently phony story and therapeutic uplift
User Score
8.0

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
    8
    Watched this little gem last night with my wife. Though received with very mixed reviews by critics, we both really enjoyed this indieWatched 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
    10
    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 somethingI 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 »