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Based on 15 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 50
    San Francisco Chronicle

    It tries too hard, but at least it's trying. show more

  • 40
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    The unexpected chemistry between Sam Rockwell and Olivia Wilde helps balance this sour noir comedy. show more

  • 50
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    Amusing but not as funny or suspenseful as it could be. show more

  • 88
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    The end result of this stoned-cold picnic is both haphazardly successful and somewhat disappointing, but it’s worth seeing, thanks enormously to the tremendous charisma of Sam Rockwell. show more

  • 50
    Chuck Bowen Slant Magazine

    A sexily chaotic parody of entitlement becomes just another tale of a white dude learning that there are worse things in life than essentially having no problems. show more

  • 50
    Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    The cloying narration and the inclusion of Fonda are just warnings for that moment, 70 minutes in, when this comic chemical train goes completely off the rails. Rockwell, Wilde, Monaghan are worth the price of admission, but “Better Living” would have been better off with more chemistry and less cutesy. show more

  • 38
    Sara Stewart New York Post

    Rockwell is incapable of being boring, so there’s some small entertainment to be found in watching his buttoned-up beta male blossom into full Sam Rockwell. show more

  • 38
    Peter Keough Boston Globe

    One hopes that, for their own good, when any of these actors are offered a script like this again, they’ll have the sense to just say no. show more

  • 38

    Playing namby-pamby is not Sam Rockwell's strong suit. show more

  • 20
    Nathan Rabin The Dissolve

    Better Living Through Chemistry suggests a new cinematic rule: the more impressed a movie is with itself, the less likely it is to impress a discriminating audience liable to have seen all its silly little tricks before. show more

  • March 20, 2014 lgjhere1
    Report This User

    Walked out after 40 minutes of waiting and waiting to be hooked by these characters and the plot. Interesting storyline, but not well executed.

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