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7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26

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  1. Sep 2, 2014
    10
    This is a thoroughly engaging depiction of the life that is led by those who struggle with chemical dependency. The characters are entirely believable, the acting is superb, and the dialogue/script writing is so authentic you have to remind yourself you are watching a movie. Every character is flawed, but they are never kept from imparting something good to their relationships, which areThis is a thoroughly engaging depiction of the life that is led by those who struggle with chemical dependency. The characters are entirely believable, the acting is superb, and the dialogue/script writing is so authentic you have to remind yourself you are watching a movie. Every character is flawed, but they are never kept from imparting something good to their relationships, which are equally flawed. Real forgiveness, redemption, and love are given the most valuable opportunities in unlikely places. I believe this is true in real life, and this movie is an excellent portrayal of that truth. Expand
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63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 30
  2. Negative: 2 out of 30
  1. An unstable mix of a tearjerker, junkie-recovery story and odd-couple pairing. The film marks the American debut of Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier, whose European films show a strong affinity for stories of human frailties and of families unraveling.
  2. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    60
    A live-wire performance by Benicio Del Toro sparks an otherwise morose study of loss, addiction and catharsis.
  3. No matter what panache Bier adds, Things We Lost is still a TV-scaled tear-duct drama about a beautiful woman who pushes past sadness in her House & Garden home.