Sympathy for Delicious (2011)
Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 24
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 17
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Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 8
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Average Rating: 2.9/5
User Ratings: 1,739
SYMPATHY FOR DELICIOUS marks acclaimed actor Mark Ruffalo's first foray into directing. This inspired and unusual film tells the story of Dean O'Dwyer (Christopher Thornton), also known as "Delicious D," an up-and-coming DJ on the underground music scene in Los Angeles. When a motorcycle accident leaves Dean paralyzed, he abandons his turntables for a wheelchair as his once promising career disappears before his eyes. Forced to live out of his car on skid row, Dean begins his descent into
Apr 29, 2011 Limited
Aug 23, 2011
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Mark Ruffalo is one of the best actors of his generation, and I'd like to be able to say that, with his directorial debut, Sympathy for Delicious, he's one of its best filmmakers, too. Alas, this semiexpressionist fantasia is a botch.
While, as director, Ruffalo is a little too fond of hand-held shots, he keeps all the performances simmering and moves the story ahead in simple, straightforward steps.
As it builds, kind of epically, to a thoughtful conclusion, "Sympathy" appreciates the places we find after defeating our demons.
Despite the powerful sense of place, "Sympathy for Delicious" unwinds a narrative thread that grows increasingly tattered and flimsy.
The movie presents its premise in a somewhat intriguingly unprepossessing way, but abandons any deeper exploration of its crisis of faith or, indeed, just human existence -- all to hopelessly middling effect.
The script would have better served the character of Delicious if his powers were "scientifically" explained.
Once we get to the trial that kind of dominates the later part of the movie, I think it comes back and it refocuses on this dynamic between Thornton and Ruffalo who are incedently really good together.
Mark Ruffalo only gave himself a small part in his directorial debut, but his absence behind the camera is more keenly felt.
Messy, far-fetched rock drama with religious vibes, about a former DJ on L.A.'s skid row who emerges a healer, will go straight to the cut-out bin.
The spiritual journey of a disabled turntable dj with a gift of healing from Skid Row to megabuck success as a member of a heavy metal band.
Audience Reviews for Sympathy for Delicious
- Father Joe: You're down here living in a car when you don't have to be.
- Father Joe: All I know is that you abandoned those to people when they needed you.
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