Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her
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Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her
Although Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her does bear some similarities to Short Cuts and Magnolia in its setting (Southern California) and mood (modern malaise), and its multiple story format, its focus is exclusively on female characters, and it's possible to view each story on its own. The film begins with a prologue: Police detectives are investigating the apparent suicide of a Hispanic woman (Elpidia Carillo). "This Is Dr. Keener" deals with Dr. Elaine Keener (Glenn Close), a single professional woman attempting to care for her aging and infirm mother and deal with… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"If the stories sometimes use Creative Writing 101 devices (like a quasi-prophetic homeless woman), the total effect is as spare and haunting as the film's arid, beautifully shot setting."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"For every moment that sags, there are three or four that stand out as the kind of thing we never get to see in movies."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"I ignored the description of the movie and just went in knowing that Cameron Diaz was supposed to be amazing. I was not disappointed, in fact, I was pleasantly surprised."
‑ Chris Gore, Film Threat
"Unfortunately, the peaceful pacing turns out to be a bit of a drag by the halfway mark, making the movie seem longer than it actually is, and Garcia's natural lighting isn't always the most flattering."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Boxoffice Magazine
"Lo más fuerte del filme es la estupenda caracterización de sus actrices, quienes logran imprimirle a sus personaje la fuerza y complejidad emocional que requieren"
‑ Jorge Avila Andrade, Moviola
"A collection of five femme-oriented vignettes that are not intricately linked dramatically but overlap characters, this observant, emotionally acute drama is distinguished by a pronounced poetic sensibility in its writing and visual style."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"What does it say when a picture like Rodrigo Garcia's lovingly detailed Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her, which won the first-time writer-director a prize at Cannes last year, doesn't make it to theaters in this country?"
‑ Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com
"...an intelligent and well-acted flick..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"I can tell she doesn't eat enough."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Garcia excels at eliciting strong performances throughout and maintaining a consistent mood poised delicately between wry comedy and more serious contemplation of contemporary American female lives."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"An imaginatively constructed soap-opera with a high-powered cast, this film follows several narrative threads, all involving unfulfilled Los Angeles women who find inner peace after learning there are worse things than loneliness."
‑ Robert Pardi, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Aplausos de pie. Hay tanto que ver y que decir en esta serie de historias, que merece no sólo una mirada, sino varias, y dignamente ganadas..."
‑ Alex Ramirez, Cinenganos
"Garcia keeps these stories provocative and moving at a fast-pace."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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