Metascore
44

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Apr 29, 2011
    60
    Though Bloom feels like he dropped in from another movie, it all spins on screenwriter Thornton's charismatic performance, which also accounts for the survival instinct inside the film.
  2. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Apr 26, 2011
    60
    A mess-but a beautiful one, crammed with enough big ideas and outsize performances for three movies.
  3. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Apr 26, 2011
    60
    Ruffalo gives voice to the film's unironic point of view.
  4. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Apr 28, 2011
    58
    The character's miraculous gift never plays as more than a melodramatic contrivance-it's a gimmick, not an outgrowth of faith. The movie reaches for the heart, but only comes back with a balloon filled with fake blood and chicken livers.
  5. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Apr 29, 2011
    50
    Interesting but never compelling.
  6. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Apr 26, 2011
    50
    An odd, confusing, ugly and mostly indigestible movie about religious hysteria and rock 'n' roll-two subjects I find about as interesting as opening a tattoo parlor. I wish I liked the movie half as much as I like the actor.
  7. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Apr 26, 2011
    50
    Ruffalo has assembled an exceptional cast-to surround writer and star Christopher Thornton, but a script that favors incident over story and direction that crowds scenes instead of letting them breathe make for curiously rough going.
  8. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Apr 29, 2011
    42
    This semiexpressionist fantasia is a botch.
  9. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Apr 28, 2011
    40
    Despite the powerful sense of place, Sympathy for Delicious unwinds a narrative thread that grows increasingly tattered and flimsy.
  10. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Apr 28, 2011
    40
    These characters may serve an obscure metaphorical agenda, but they make no psychological sense. And as the movie contemplates the rewards and perils of giving and receiving, it winds itself into stomach-turning knots.
  11. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Apr 26, 2011
    40
    This offbeat effort proves more admirable for its ambition than anything else, as the uneasy mix of satire, allegory, grittiness and redemption never quite jells.
User Score
5.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Sep 18, 2013
    10
    Beautifully written inspirational masterpiece. These critics obviously don't understand the message attempted to be displayed in this movie. Great cast. You can tell Thornton put his heart and soul into this film. Full Review »