The Answer Man (Arlen Faber)
The Answer Man (Arlen Faber) (2009)

The reclusive author whose groundbreaking book redefined spirituality for an entire generation realizes how little he actually knows upon being approached by a single mother and a recovering addict in this drama from first time… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 3, 2009
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Critic Score: 30% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Answer Man takes an interesting premise and overloads it with implausible scenarios, indie comedy cliches, and an all-too-familiar story arc that only occasionally benefits from its typically capable actors.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

While The Answer Man has a meandering pace and ultimately goes precisely where you think it will, first-timer Hindman makes the journey pleasant among these literate and interesting folk.

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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter

An unpretentious, subtle story of one man's redemption.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

Breezy and entertaining...

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies

You have a likable cast, an engaging enough story with a few moments of both humor and emotional honesty.

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Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner

Watchable and occasionally endearing, but it's frustrating when our good will is tested by greeting-card sentiment and assembly-line clichés.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

The Answer Man is a perfect example of an Intelligent Bad Movie, easy to take, promising along the way ... And then things start to go wrong.

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Ben Lyons
At the Movies

It almost felt like the characters weren't really reciting dialogue that came from them but rather just simply memorizing it off the script.

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Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever

These are FATAL flaws in the screenplay -- not rooting for the romance to work and not rooting for the lead to find redemption. I wanted God to strike Arlen Faber down in the street.

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Flixster Audience Score: 42% Flixster User Reviews
Apeneck Fletcher
A soft spoken and fine romantic comedy about a guy who wrote a what becomes a best-selling novel about talking to God and now lives in tremulous fear that his… More
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JEFF DANIELS, LAUREN GRAHAM, LOU TAYLOR PUCCI, KAT DENNINGS, MAX ANTISELL, OLIVIA THIRLBY, NORA DUNN Everyone wants to meet Arlen Faber, the world famous… More
Nicki Marie
Nice little movie. I enjoyed it. Nothing amazing happens in it, but it is very watchable and has a great cast including Lauren Graham and Lou Taylor Pucci.… More
Leigh Ryan
I thought it was kind of cute, but not top notch. Great cast, though not at their best acting degrees. No matter what, I LOVE LAUREN GRAHAM so everything is… More
Anders Gatten
I'm usually very scepticle of my mothers taste in movies, but she insisted I watch this movie. The plot is interesting, but it stole many elements from… More
Walter M.
In "The Answer Man," Dahlia(Kat Dennings) misplaced the key to the bookstore where she works for the 27 days her boss, Kris(Lou Taylor Pucci), had… More