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Based on 30 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 4 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Del Toro is the movie's force field. This is a performance you will not forget. show more

  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    Outstanding in support roles are Alison Lohman, playing a friend of Jerry's, and John Carroll Lynch, playing a neighbor who befriends Jerry. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The movie makes some missteps, most of them in pacing and length, and the story veers occasionally into melodrama, but it is saved by the powerful performance of Benicio Del Toro. show more

  • 60
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Mr. Del Toro is a fearless actor, and his Jerry, a heroin addict lurching toward redemption, is the heart and soul, as well as the haunted, rubbery visage, of a story of grief and loss that would be fairly lifeless without him. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Susanne Bier is a bomb thrower. The explosives in the films by the Danish director are emotional and provoke torrents of tears, richly earned. show more

  • 88
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Berry gives a riveting performance, but as a deeply decent man trapped in a hell of his own making, Del Toro gives the kind of career performance Berry gave in "Monster's Ball." show more

  • 50
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    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. show more

  • 88
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Allen Loeb's first produced screenplay is an unvarnished treatment of death and its aftermath that's unusual for a Hollywood film. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Emotionally challenging and honest. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The movie is an engrossing melodrama, and it has its heart in the right place. show more

  • May 22, 2008 kabbera
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    Halle Berry delivers a searing portrayal of a woman grappling with a loss. Benicio Del Torro is brilliant as he takes the heart to places it really doesn't want to go. Good acting is evident when a character makes you empathize with him/her. They both accomplished that and more. The non-verbals made this movie. There is much that can be said when words are never spoken. The children were amazing and a joy!

  • May 22, 2008 movieadmirefan
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    I loved Things we lost in the fire for its challenging, and honest story. This movie was one of those films where it would really relate to you. Oscar Winners Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro were compelling, Both delivered memorible and honest performances. I say both their performances were worthy Oscar performances. Berry delivered honest emotions to the role, While, Del Toro really compelled to the role of a drug addict fighting to stay clean and to be a better man who loses his loving best friend in the process. Both Berry and Del Toro's chemistry on-screen was just flawless, and excellerating. Every scene in the movie with the two of them was just Worth-watching. Supporting key players Alison Lohman and John Carroll Lynch and David Duchovny were just amazing and charming. I would see this movie again to the point it is a honest relatable film.

  • May 22, 2008 xoerin8x
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    This movie looks way too scary for me. I think that this movie should be rated R!!!!! There's guns and people dying!!!!!!!!\nI absolutly hated this movie!!!!!!! Im 10 and i thought that it would be about people surviving after a house fire. This movie was a total waste of money. i want the people who made this movie seud!!!!Toooooooooooooooooo much killing!!!!!!!!!\nWay to much killing!!!!!!! Toooooooooooo many guns!\n\n\n Hey yo im Tennis97!!!!! Club Penguin rocks so much!!!\nMy penguin naame is Tennis97 yo!!!! Im telling you my review bout this movie!!! It sucked!!!!!! Horrible!!!!\n\n\n Everyone reading this , please go to !!!!!!!!!!!!!\nIt rocks!!!!!\n\n Also, go on google and yahoo and webkinz and icondressup and iconator!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • May 22, 2008 jawbuff
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    The movie is enjoyable although has its loose ends, mixing the fantasy of India with comedy and a tragic moment. For those who were born after the era of the Beatles, this is a good movie to acquaint yourself with a highlight of a meaningful decade. The wearing of suits, the shoe/lack of shoe logic and the insistence of rituals make it interesting in its details.Peacock feather rituals, snakes and a motorcycle need to laugh.

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