Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 38
  2. Negative: 3 out of 38
  1. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Sep 19, 2013
    88
    It’s surprisingly wise, funny and affecting, thanks in part to a sensitive script, and in part to a strong ensemble cast.
  2. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Sep 17, 2013
    80
    A winsome mix of funny, harrowing, and smart, it's most commendable for making characters who are addicted to bad behavior—and who refuse to blame themselves for it—somehow exceedingly sympathetic.
  3. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Sep 17, 2013
    80
    What makes things different is the way Blumberg strikes an assured balance between dour downward spirals and “work the program” uplift, gifting these flawed people with both a sense of hope and the knowledge that it will never be enough.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Sep 20, 2013
    75
    It’s a major performance (Ruffalo) in a minor movie.
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Sep 19, 2013
    75
    It’s a tribute to the script by Stuart Blumberg and Matt Winston, the directorial aplomb of Blumberg and the genuine performances of the cast that most of the time, we care about these people, we believe their problems are real and we want them to get the help they so desperately need.
  6. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Sep 18, 2013
    75
    The movie has its heart and humor in the right place, and there's no "Shame" in that.
  7. Reviewed by: Jason Anderson
    Jun 28, 2013
    75
    Though Blumberg treats the topic with admirable frankness, the film’s insights would’ve had more impact if he wasn’t so quick to hop to the next storyline whenever matters get especially thorny.
  8. Reviewed by: Trey Graham
    Sep 20, 2013
    72
    And yet: Thanks for Sharing is such a relaxed, good-humored movie that it's tough to complain about its tendency to ... well, overshare.
  9. 70
    Thanks for Sharing is never quite crazy or funny enough to transcend its “disease-of-month” template. The title turns out to not be ironic — a mixed blessing.
  10. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Sep 19, 2013
    63
    See Steve McQueen’s “Shame” (2011) if you want a sense of how destructive this sickness can be to the soul. See Thanks for Sharing if you want to know what people can do about it.
  11. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Sep 19, 2013
    63
    Thanks for Sharing is all over the place trying to find a tone, but it knows where its heart is.
  12. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Sep 19, 2013
    63
    Ultimately, it's the romance that feels forced and phony, not the group meetings, the confessions, the anguished moments alone.
  13. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Sep 19, 2013
    63
    Although the characters are three-dimensional, the simultaneous crises and last-act resolutions are a little too neat for a movie about the messiness of life.
  14. 63
    Thanks for Sharing is a bit of a head-snapper in its tone changes, stumbling into flippancy. The light moments are appreciated, but they do tend to undercut the sobriety of it all.
  15. Reviewed by: Kate Stables
    Oct 5, 2013
    60
    Despite Gwynnie and her lingerie-clad lap-dancing, this sober, issue-based dramedy is preachy and a tad soapy, rather than provocative. Fine acting, though.
  16. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Oct 4, 2013
    60
    Tonally the film is all over the rink, but it leaves you more convinced and entertained than you’d expect.
  17. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Sep 19, 2013
    60
    The movie never transcends a screenwriting formula that makes you uncomfortably aware of the machinery driving it all.
  18. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Sep 19, 2013
    60
    The singer Pink, also known as Alecia Moore, here plays Dede, one of the group’s only female members, and the connection between Dede and Neil, which at first stretches credibility to the breaking point, may be the best thing about “Thanks for Sharing.”
  19. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Sep 18, 2013
    60
    The many-threaded approach makes it feel narratively rich and sophisticated, but it also shorthands and shortchanges some of the most interesting characters.
  20. Reviewed by: Anna Smith
    Sep 9, 2013
    60
    The Kids Are All Right writer Stuart Blumberg's first directorial effort is a frothy affair with typically strong turns from Ruffalo and Paltrow.
  21. Reviewed by: Catherine Shoard
    Jun 28, 2013
    60
    Shame was erotic compulsion turned into opera, full of sombre vibrato. Thanks for Sharing is probably the more realistic, as well as more mainstream, and there's a generous pinch of very funny lines, mostly bestowed on Robbins.
  22. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Sep 18, 2013
    58
    Oddly, counterintuitively even, what’s most endearing about the film is how middle-of-the-road it is. While 2011’s "Shame" treated the same subject with too much seriousness, and next week’s "Don Jon" treats it with too little, Thanks For Sharing acknowledges that sex addiction, like most other problems in life, can be a source of both suffering and humor.
  23. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Oct 17, 2013
    50
    Thanks for Sharing might best be described as being like Steve McQueen’s sex-addiction drama, "Shame," if it were rewritten by Neil Simon at his most schmaltzy.
  24. Reviewed by: Anthony Lane
    Sep 27, 2013
    50
    Thanks for Sharing is worth it, because of Pink. [30 Sept. 2013, p.85]
  25. Reviewed by: Dan Callahan
    Sep 20, 2013
    50
    The tone of Thanks for Sharing is somewhat similar to the tone of "The Kids Are All Right": earnest, modestly exploratory, definitely smart, but extremely judgmental toward some of its people.
  26. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Sep 19, 2013
    50
    The characters are mostly likable, and despite some comic sallies the film takes a compassionate stance toward them. But it feels like a glossy, overly neat take on what should be an explosive topic.
  27. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Sep 19, 2013
    50
    Thanks for Sharing is a bit like the recovery scene it digs into — filled with intoxicating highs and dispiriting lows.
  28. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Sep 19, 2013
    50
    Blumberg tries to split the difference and ends up with a movie that wants us to make us laugh and cry, but fails to do either.
  29. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Sep 14, 2013
    50
    Is an exploration of sex addiction, in all its different manifestations, the new flavor of the week in contemporary American cinema?
  30. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    Sep 11, 2013
    50
    This tone-deaf misfire can't decide whether it wants to be a broad comedy doling out raunchy slapstick laughs or a serious drama about our porn-saturated age of sensory overload.
  31. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Jun 28, 2013
    50
    Collectively, Thanks for Sharing boasts more than enough personalities to keep things interesting, but it lacks the casual spontaneity to make these characters’ journeys anything other than predictable.
  32. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Jun 28, 2013
    50
    Too much of what happens as the characters undergo their various brushes with failure and redemption feels predetermined, slapping what aims to be a much savvier film with a debilitating touch of the formulaic.
  33. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Jun 28, 2013
    42
    Never quite as deep or probing as it thinks it is, Thanks For Sharing is an unsatisfying tease.
  34. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Sep 19, 2013
    40
    Sometimes, less is more. Case in point: Thanks for Sharing, a film that’s a little too eager to be ID’d as a “sex addiction dramedy.” As a result, solidly grounded performances from almost all the cast members wind up playing second fiddle to navel-gazing.
  35. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Sep 18, 2013
    40
    It’s a bold and certainly credible move, but the execution is something of a belly flop. Thanks for Sharing isn’t really about a disease, only the cure, and that bias makes it a plausible picture of the Friend of Bill community-based recovery, but kind of a sham as a portrait of actual human beings.
  36. Reviewed by: Laremy Legel
    Jun 28, 2013
    35
    Thanks for Sharing can’t quite find its footing as either a drama or a comedy, and near the end it’s actively sliding off the rails.
  37. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Sep 30, 2013
    25
    This comedy is cringe-inducingly lame and the dramatic turns are visible as far in advance as utility poles on the prairie.
  38. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Sep 19, 2013
    25
    Director Stuart Blumberg’s movie, which features a surprisingly starry cast, comes off as superficial and trite.
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Apr 4, 2014
    8
    It's not Apocalypse Now but it is actually a very insightful movie with great performances and every note rings true. I really loved this movie. Give it a shot. Full Review »
  2. Jan 9, 2014
    8
    This is funny but it also depicts struggles with addiction honestly and with a strong feel of realism. The acting in this film is well done including a surprise performance from Pink. A- Full Review »
  3. Dec 22, 2013
    10
    I have attended Sex Addict's Anonymous and Sex and Love Addict's Anonymous meetings. As someone who has been in those rooms, as uncomfortable as it is to admit and as it is to be there, I can say for sure that this movie was made for and by people who understand "the disease." People are critical of the film on grounds of things like plot progression, characterization, acting, soundtrack etc. That, to me, is a waste of review. The real questions viewers should ask is:

    -What is sex addiction? Why has our society come to believe there is a such thing?
    -Are 12 step programs helpful for people who identify as sex addicts?
    -What causes people to "act out" impulsively in sexual/romantic ways?
    -What is the relationship between addiction and free will?

    These kinds of deeper questions get touched on in the film in a funny and fun, dramatic way. I resent some of the bad reviews. I think people were mostly uncomfortable with the component of addiction and how everyone SHOULD be able to relate, as we all have our compulsions in our own ways. And we all know some creepy "sex addict" types in our lives. The film SHOULD speak to everyone on some deep level, but people are too caught up in wanting a non-formulaic, ground-breaking film that, what, breaks all the rules and offers something new and exciting to the genre of dramatic comedy. What boring expectations for film watching. Why not be more introspective and see how you can relate and what you can learn from it. You'll never get a film anything like this. They're not going to keep making films about 12 step programs for people with sexual compulsion problems.
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