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An Invisible Sign
Young Mona idolizes her father, a brilliant mathematician. When he suddenly demonstrates signs of mental illness, Mona begins to obsess about numbers, using them to interpret an unpredictable and threatening world. Now an adult (Jessica Alba), Mona's old superstitions and compulsive behaviors continue to flourish, but a new job as an elementary school math teacher (a position she both relishes and dreads), may force her out of her protective shell. With imagination and humor, as well as a special sensitivity to the realities of mental illness, AN INVISIBLE SIGN carries a magic all its own.… More

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"Agrelo clumsily attempts to play jaunty larkiness against somber situations."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"What's the sign for boredom?"
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"...a plodding, consistently tedious waste of time..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Lukewarm dramedy is OK for teens but lacks power."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"Strictly recommended for those who love their movies quirky, in monstrously large doses."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Alba certainly tries her best at portraying not just a beauty but also a beautiful mind, yet very few things add up despite director Marilyn Agrelo's efforts."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"Offhandedly charming, if a bit labored in its eccentricity."
‑ John Anderson, Variety
"Agrelo bumbles the mystery and borderline insanity of the material. What should be a bold depiction of a frazzled mind is instead a bewildering feature with a tenuous hold on human concerns."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"The film is a puzzling mix of sentiment, black humor, and loads and loads of nonsensical behavior."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine
"Too twee to be effective."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"Cuter than a basket of puppies licking a litter of kittens, "An Invisible Sign" is an excruciatingly whimsical collision of adult themes and kid-friendly aesthetic."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"When an errant ax lands in Alba's thigh, the film goes from inept to kind of brilliantly bad; it's a teachable moment, though lessons learned may vary."
‑ Eric Hynes, Time Out New York
"A soupy, entirely unconvincing grab bag of unmotivated behaviors and unearned emotional payoffs, An Invisible Sign feels like part of some woebegone, misguided stab at indie credibility and image adjustment for Jessica Alba."
‑ Brent Simon, Screen International
"Simply put, An Invisible Sign is one of the worst movies we've seen in a very, very long time."
‑ Edward Douglas,
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