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Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her (2000)



Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 0

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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 call; Rebecca finds out that she is pregnant, Rose develops a comedic obsession with her new neighbor; and Kathy's sister, Carol, speculates on what might have driven Carmen to suicide.


Drama, Comedy

Rodrigo García

Dec 26, 2001

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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.

June 13, 2010 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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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.

August 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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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.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

August 3, 2001 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Comment (1)
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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?

March 9, 2001 Full Review Source:
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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.

June 13, 2010 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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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.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat intelligent and well-acted flick...

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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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...

July 3, 2002

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.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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I can tell she doesn't eat enough.

March 21, 2001 Full Review Source:

Garcia keeps these stories provocative and moving at a fast-pace.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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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

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Moviola

Audience Reviews for Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her

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 I didn't really get attached to any of the characters.
November 7, 2013

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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 short of the Altman Standard for creative interweaving. This in and of itself is not damning, but I am astounded by the skilled story construction it takes to reach the Altman Standard. This film did not astound me.
In fact, strong performances by the entire cast, especially Gleen Close and Holly Hunter, keep this film from becoming a maudlin soap opera. In their stories, they are subjected to clairvoyants, one a tarot card reader, the other a homeless woman, and while their respective prophecies do little to change their lives' courses, the characters are forced to confront uncomfortable realities.
Another highlight is the film's dialogue, which is poetic but fits well in these characters' mouths. Writer/director Rodrigo Garcia balances lines worthy of a literary story with the naturalness of his subject matter.
Overall, there isn't a lot wrong with Things You Can Tell just by Looking at Her, but it fails to be truly extraordinary like the legendary director Garcia is imitating.
July 25, 2011
Jim Hunter

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Amy Brenneman, Glenn Close, Calista Flockhart, Holly Hunter, Gregory Hines, Cameron Diaz, Matt Craven, Kathy Bates, Danny Woodburn, Valeria Golino, Noah Fleiss, Romma Mafia, Mika Boorem

DIRECTED BY: Rodrigo Garcia

This is a story roughly surrounding seven women. I can see all the men fleeting as I type that, lol.. It most definitely is a chick flick, so I can see some guys cringing away. But some of you out there secretly like these movies, admit it..LOL. This movie is full of some very talented actress's, some of my favorites. I was really excited to see this movie to see how it all ladies intertwined with one another in the story. I must say I really enjoyed how they connected all the women together without them actually really knowing each other. It was definitely an interesting watch and kinda sad as well. Seeing one losing their partner to an illness, the other to his wife, and seeing the other's being so desperate to have a partner. It's obvious that this is how it is for some women. But personally I find being desperate and clingy like Glenn Close character just sad. Her character is the one I felt more sad for then any of them besides Calista Flockhart. and Holly Hunters. Holly not so much for her relationship, but for what she gave up because of the relationship she had. Great acting by all. Even the younger stars in this film. Some of the stories where more interesting then others, but still flowed with the movie in its entire very well. Worth seeing if you like chick flicks.
March 20, 2010

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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.
July 27, 2009

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