Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her
Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her (2000)

Five seemingly unconnected lifelines intersect in the San Fernando Valley: Detective Kathy Farber arrives at a crime scene to find that the corpse is that of her old friend Carmen; Elaine battle her mother and waits for a male colleague to… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: January 1, 2000
DVD Release Date: December 26, 2001
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
TIME Magazine

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.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Chris Gore
Film Threat

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.

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Todd McCarthy

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.

Stephanie Zacharek

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?

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews intelligent and well-acted flick...

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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Robert Pardi
TV Guide

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.

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Alex Ramirez

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...

Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Red Lats
I usually love interweaving movies - movies where the main characters show up in each other's story lines. This one is fine, and the acting is great - but… More
Megan S
I like movies where everything is connected. I really wanted to know more about how they were each connected with the woman who committed suicide.
Jim Hunter
Five vignettes about LA women who are connected only by the film's poetic story-telling. Though the film attempts to link the five stories, it falls well… More
Nicki Marie
Interestiing. This movie follows a few women who are all unhappy in some way. Nothing really gets resolved and there's no real ending or anyone having an… More
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Leigh Ryan
Odd, yet just my thing.