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Answers to Nothing (2011)

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17

Average Rating: 3.8/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 10

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36

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Average Rating: 2.9/5
User Ratings: 1,639

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Against the backdrop of a missing girl case, lost souls throughout Los Angeles search for meaning and redemption and affect each other in ways they don't always see. -- (C) Roadside Attractions

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Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Matthew Leutwyler, Gillian Vigman

Feb 28, 2012

$22.0k

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Nearly a dozen random themes and characters have been Scotch-taped together into a single mess.

December 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Newsday | Comments (2)
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An apt title that sadly recalls lesser ensemble pieces like "Playing by Heart," while wanting to be "Grand Canyon."

December 4, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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Any movie that calls itself Answers to Nothing ought to be 100 percent sure it's about something.

December 2, 2011 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Comments (4)
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It begins with Dane Cook procuring sperm to impregnate his desperate wife with a little help from his mistress - and goes steadily downhill from there.

December 2, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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There's a lack of real conclusiveness to many of the film's characters and situations.

December 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Some fine performances and an embrace of understatement make Matthew Leutwyler's oddly titled "Answers to Nothing" a respectable entry in the multiple-stories-that-interlock genre.

December 1, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comments (3)
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Reaches rather nakedly for early Paul Thomas Anderson territory, but the copped moves come off less as artful homage and more as the nervous half-formed duplications of a mentee who's left the nest too soon.

December 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Shockya.com | Comment (1)
Shockya.com

With his latest effort 'Answers to Nothing,' co-writer-director Matthew Leutwyler appears to have confused glum with profound.

December 2, 2011 Full Review Source: KC Active
KC Active

Some impassioned performances ease the flow of gloom, but it's a long, steady walk to the noose for a picture in dire need of Prozac and some fresh air.

December 2, 2011 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

In the inexplicably titled 'Answers to Nothing,' a film you might inadvertently wander into this weekend if you're unlucky

December 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Tasteless and out of touch right down to its foundation, embarrassingly unaware that Crash-like, hyperlink narratives went out with bird-flu paranoia.

December 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Comment (1)
Slant Magazine

A Short Cuts full of self-pitying sociopaths, Answers to Nothing follows its characters toward a succession of increasingly queasy conclusions it tries to pass off as heartfelt and human.

December 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Movieline
Movieline

An overlong bunch of intertwining stories, none of which is worth the viewer's time.

December 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Will make you hate words--and these idiots who refuse to stop saying them without actually saying anything at all.

December 1, 2011 Full Review Source: RedEye
RedEye

Answers To Nothing's thinly drawn characters orbit one another like fading satellites until their stories intersect and overlap in arbitrary ways.

December 1, 2011 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

The baleful influence of Paul Haggis's multi-narrative Oscar-winner Crash (2004) continues with Matthew Leutwyler's trite contraption.

November 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Audience Reviews for Answers to Nothing

While Kate(Elizabeth Mitchell) waits patiently in a gynecologist's office for her husband Ryan(Dane Cook), he is having sex with Tara(Aja Volkman), a young singer. Well, at least he manages to get a sperm sample. It is a good thing then that Kate has friends like Frankie(Julie Benz) who is heading the investigation behind the disappearance of a little girl where her chief suspect, Beckworth(Gerg Germann), makes the highly questionable and dangerous decision of flirting with her during on an interrogation. Professionally, Kate is a lawyer defending Drew's(Miranda Bailey) right to keep custody of Erik(Vincent Ventresca), her vegetative brother.

Like any genre, that of interrelated stories can never be considered completely dead, no matter the harm done to it by mediocre movies like "Answers to Nothing" with has little in the way of a message or any recognizable human behavior.(No wonder Allegra(Kali Hawk) hates everything except for dogs.) Yes, there is the admittedly geekly thrill of seeing Elizabeth Mitchell and Julie Benz having a drink together but that's pretty much it. And while Mitchell is the best thing going in this terribly self-conscious mess, she is also distressingly given little to do.
April 23, 2013
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Walter M.

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This film took my by surprise. It is very good. It reminded me a lot of movies like Crash and Magnolia. One thing that I liked about it, was that this film didn't have big stars in the film. I liked the casting in this film. Everyone shines, especially Elizabeth Mitchell. I definitely recommend this film.
October 2, 2012
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Sol C

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Attempting too much to be like the ensemble cast city dramas like Crash, Answers To Nothing tries to stitch a handful of people's lives together, intertwining them and giving them cultural and relevant issues that they can work through. Though there is little to work with and even less to come out with, the film still succeeds in finding a good group of people to keep the events interesting and captivating, especially Dane Cook, you continues to grow as a dramatic actor and delivering a sentimental performance that overshadows the majority. Still, the statements fall a bit flat and predictable, leaving this ensemble film just another Crash wanna-be.
March 28, 2012
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Super Reviewer

    1. Kate: You are 90 minutes late... I should be 2 hrs late.
    – Submitted by Vasanth Kumar A (24 months ago)
    1. Kate: Cheers 'To pain'.
    – Submitted by Miranda B (2 years ago)
    1. Ryan: I trust you Mom.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
    1. Ryan: Its been nine years. He's never coming back.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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