Things We Lost in the Fire Synopsis
A woman (Halle Berry) invites the troubled friend of her late husband to stay with her family.
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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...
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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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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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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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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...
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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...
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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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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,...
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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...
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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...
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Things that are survived in the fire!

By TotallyMovies
Wow! Finally, this movie is coming out. Seen the very first screening about two years ago. I thought at the time this movie should be nominated for the 2007 Oscar Awards but I guess it will be for...

Best movie I've ever seen.

By mdolese
Seriously. Saw it at an advanced screening and I will bring everyone I know to see it again and again. Its like a spectrum of human emotion that is portrayed by some truly amazing acting. I love love...


By SoWhat3
A surprisingly good film. All three main actors were incredible, Halle, Benicio and Mulder. Beautiful story, well written and great photography (although I could do without as many eye closeups). Well...

halle, halle, halle

By vonewark
whatever movie Ms. Halle Berry is in, i am going to see it......


By JoeRon
I just finished seeing it, it was incredible! Can I tell you all, I NEVER CRY in movies and when you watch the two people on the screen deal with their pain - it's so beautiful. You feel their...


By suemarie
What a wonderful, inspiring,moving movie. Benecio Del Toro has never been better. Without saying a word his face conveys everything. This movie is kind of slow moving but very deliberate in each and...

Thins we lost in the fire

By Maggie West
It's a little slow moving. But it shows a lot of grace and compassion. The acting is excellent....

Save your money

By DaveRox
My wife and I went to see this hoping it would be a thoughtful, redemption-type story. It tried, but never really got anywhere. On the plus side, Del Toro was very believable as a drug addict, and...

the things we lost in the fire

By capricornie
The movie was excellent . Acting by my favorite actree Hallie Berry was just fantastoc/ sp was Benico. I enjoyed the move....

Thing we lost in the fire

By Deborah Webb
This was the worst movie. #1 there were two people in the theatre. (that was not clue enough) #2 I waited and waited for the big plot that never happened. This movie was quite disappointing....

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Rated R | For drug content and language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Story of death and redemption too much for kids.
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