88

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
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."
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88

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Allen Loeb's first produced screenplay is an unvarnished treatment of death and its aftermath that's unusual for a Hollywood film.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
Outstanding in support roles are Alison Lohman, playing a friend of Jerry's, and John Carroll Lynch, playing a neighbor who befriends Jerry.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Del Toro is the movie's force field. This is a performance you will not forget.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
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.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Susanne Bier is a bomb thrower. The explosives in the films by the Danish director are emotional and provoke torrents of tears, richly earned.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
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.
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60

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
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.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
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.
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63 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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