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An Invisible Sign (2011)

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Average Rating: 2.8/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 7

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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

PG-13,

Drama, Comedy

Pamela Falk, Michael Ellis

Nov 1, 2011

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Agrelo clumsily attempts to play jaunty larkiness against somber situations.

May 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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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.

May 7, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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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.

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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What's the sign for boredom?

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Offhandedly charming, if a bit labored in its eccentricity.

May 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety
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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.

May 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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...a plodding, consistently tedious waste of time...

July 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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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.

June 23, 2011 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

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.

May 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Screen International | Comment (1)
Screen International

Lukewarm dramedy is OK for teens but lacks power.

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The film is a puzzling mix of sentiment, black humor, and loads and loads of nonsensical behavior.

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Simply put, An Invisible Sign is one of the worst movies we've seen in a very, very long time.

May 5, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

Strictly recommended for those who love their movies quirky, in monstrously large doses.

May 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Too twee to be effective.

May 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Compuserve
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Audience Reviews for An Invisible Sign

Tries desperately to be a quirky indie drama, but all the oddball characters and twee songs in the world can't save this dull and mostly pointless mess. Only diehard fans of Jessica Alba should try sitting through this, and trust me, it's still going to be tough.
December 10, 2011
lewiskendell

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This film took me by surprise. From the trailer, I wasn't expecting much. However, after watching the film, it took me pleasantly by surprise. I thought it was really well done.

This happens to be one of Jessica Alba's best performances so far. She definitely shines here. She has a good on screen chemistry with Chris Messina. Chris is good here too. John Shea and J.K. Simmons provide some solid supporting work here.

I definitely recommend this film.
April 1, 2012
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Sol C

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One of the quirkiest films you will ever see! Jessica Alba tackles a different kind of role then we are used to seeing her in, and she is absolutely fantastic. Despite the subject matter, An Invisible Sign is surprisingly heartfelt and witty. This kind of flew under the radar, but I strongly recommend checking it out.
November 26, 2011
Jason Reneau

Super Reviewer

    1. Ben Smith: Are you avoiding me, Ms. Gray?
    2. Mona Gray: I thought I dropped something out of the window.
    3. Ben Smith: Like what? A quadratic equation.
    4. Mona Gray: More like a decimal point.
    – Submitted by Jason R (2 years ago)
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