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Based on 11 Reviews
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  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 60
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    Ruffalo gives voice to the film's unironic point of view. show more

  • 50
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Interesting but never compelling. show more

  • 50
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    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. show more

  • 60
    Time Out New York

    A mess-but a beautiful one, crammed with enough big ideas and outsize performances for three movies. show more

  • 50
    Village Voice

    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. show more

  • 40
    Los Angeles Times

    Despite the powerful sense of place, Sympathy for Delicious unwinds a narrative thread that grows increasingly tattered and flimsy. show more

  • 40
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    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. show more

  • 40
    Dennis Harvey Variety

    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. show more

  • 58
    Sam Adams The A.V. Club

    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. show more

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