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The Answer Man (Arlen Faber)
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 writer/director John Hindman. It's been 20 years since Arlen Faber (Jeff Daniels) penned "Me and God," and the inspirational, soul-searching book is still as popular as ever. Anyone who reads it thinks that Arlen has all the answers to life's problems, but these days the author barely ventures outside of the house. Then, one day, Arlen crosses paths… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 30%

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"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."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"An unpretentious, subtle story of one man's redemption."
‑ Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter
"Breezy and entertaining..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"An earnest, banal, not-quite-satire of New Age wisdom that evolves into a psychobabbling romantic drama."
‑ Susan Granger, SSG Syndicate
"Answer Man is a pleasant and enjoyable film, easy to go down, and often wrong about details: perfect for network TV."
‑ Marcy Dermansky,
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"You have a likable cast, an engaging enough story with a few moments of both humor and emotional honesty."
‑ Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies
"Watchable and occasionally endearing, but it's frustrating when our good will is tested by greeting-card sentiment and assembly-line clichés."
‑ Rossiter Drake, San Francisco Examiner
"Well-meaning rubbish is still rubbish."
‑ Matt Pais,
"Has a terrific cast and charming performances, but it's often lazy, contrived, lacking insight and, ultimately, underwhelming in terms of drama, romance and comedy."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"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."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"It almost felt like the characters weren't really reciting dialogue that came from them but rather just simply memorizing it off the script."
‑ Ben Lyons, At the Movies
"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."
‑ Brian Tallerico, Movie Retriever
"First-time director/screenwriter John Hindman seems aware of how predictable his premise could be, and despite a plot hole or two, he's put together a smart script with likable characters and lively dialogue that subverts the obvious clichés."
‑ David Wildman, Boston Phoenix
"As part of the current season's spate of philosophical lifestyle pap movies like "Away We Go" and "$9.99," first-time-director (oh how I rue those words) John Hindman trips at every step."
‑ Cole Smithey,
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