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  • Summary: Audrey Burke's life has been shattered by the sudden death of her husband. In grief, she turns to one of his lifelong friends, Jerry Sunborne, a former lawyer who is on a serious downward spiral. Together they work to repair their lives. (DreamWorks Pictures)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 30
  2. Negative: 2 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: Josh Rosenblatt
    89
    In the end this movie belongs to Del Toro. He imbues Jerry with such life, such ambiguity, such unsentimental complexity and depth that you can’t help but feel you’re watching the most intricately mapped depiction of addiction and strained humanity the film world has ever given us.
  2. 88
    Emotionally challenging and honest.
  3. 75
    The movie is an engrossing melodrama, and it has its heart in the right place.
  4. 70
    Bier is one of the cinema's most acute observers of intimate relations, her Scandinavian reserve muting the inherent melodrama of her material, and she draws piercing, modestly scaled performances from Duchovny, Del Toro, Alison Lohman, and John Carroll Lynch.
  5. 63
    Were there such a thing as a low-carb melodrama, Things We Lost in the Fire would be it - all the tears, half the guilt.
  6. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    60
    A live-wire performance by Benicio Del Toro sparks an otherwise morose study of loss, addiction and catharsis.
  7. Del Toro will probably get an Oscar nod for his Jerry, because the film is so full of Oscar moments, including a cold-turkey detox bit. He rumbles and shivers and screeches and bangs his head on the wall and takes a shower in his clothes. I never believed a second of it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. KhalidA.
    Nov 4, 2007
    10
    This movie ia a raw emotional masterpiece. What it presents is a unflinching, disarmingly honest and authentic portrait of loss, addiction, pain, redemption, and recovery. The performances are simply Sublime. Benicio triumphs as a dark, disturbed and almost irreversibly broken addict that is at the same time charming, witty, caring and heart-warmingly idiosyncratic. Now Halle Berry is just SUPERB in this movie! Her performance is so raw, unvarnished and searingly honest that it gives you chills. She perfectly embodies a character that in the face of her loss, is realistically complex. She is vulnerable yet icy and prickly, she is needy yet she perfectly portrays her character with justified and realistic ANGER and resentment. And the scenes of face-off between the 2 characters they play are so enthralling and so intense, you can hardly breathe.This is a rare movie, one that really touches you so deeply, that for a while after viewing it you almost cant bring yourself to even move. Expand
  2. LeonardP.
    Oct 21, 2007
    10
    Here is proof that most critics have their heads up their asses. this is a remarkable film. Del Toro's performance here equals that of Meryl Streep's in Sophie's Choice.Her's is the best performance ever on screen by a woman and Del Toro's here is the best by a man. Expand
  3. Erica
    Mar 8, 2008
    9
    Slow...but overall good...great acting on the main characters' part.
  4. ChadS.
    Oct 23, 2007
    8
    Audrey(Halle Berry) allows Jerry (Benicio Del Toro) to spoon with her, in bed, while rubbing her earlobe, and she actually has the audacity to get mad at him when he later tries to kiss her. Audrey is in mourning, which raises this question, "Is cockteasing actions under the influence of anguish constitute a cocktease?" Jerry shouldn't be putting the moves on his dead best friend's wife, but he had her ear. If you're a fan of Berry's crying in "Monster's Ball", she gives a command performance in "Things We Lost in the Fire", a pretty agreeable film, actually, about second acts and second chances. If there's a flaw, it's how Jerry's recovery from heroin steals the film's locus away from Audrey. It feels a little disproportional. Del Toro is terrific, but Berry's character should always be front and center. "Things We Lost in the Fire" tries to do too much. Collapse
  5. Eldon
    Apr 6, 2008
    8
    What a powerful, beautiful movie!
  6. RichR.
    Mar 5, 2008
    8
    This movie would have been, should have been great because of Benecio, certainly one of the best American actors out there, if not THE best. For me, he is the next Jack, not afraid to play an ugly guy, able to let his natural charisma shine thru in whatever character he is playing. The problem, or course, is Halle Berry, who can't act. Her timing, her phrasing, her complete inability to convey any emotion whatsoever, regardless of the script, just murders this movie. Yeah, she's sexy for about five minutes, and so what? But Benecio gives it his all, like he always does; his British equivalent is Paddy Considine. Expand
  7. Aug 4, 2013
    3
    Couldn't last 1/4 way through the film, I tried, but it was sssooooooo booooorrrrrrring. David Duchovny should do ads for sleep aids, seriously. This is the type of film you'd expect to find on Lifetime, LMN, O2, Hallmark, etc. In other words, wherever you'd expect to find oldsters, shutins, nuns, and the like. I'm one of the fortunate ones that got out only a half hour in. Not. Reco. Mended. Expand

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