Sympathy for Delicious Reviews

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Brent Simon
Shockya.com
May 21, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
John Esther
UR Chicago Magazine
May 13, 2011
The script would have better served the character of Delicious if his powers were "scientifically" explained.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
May 6, 2011
You can't make this stuff up. Or maybe you can, but you shouldn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Matt Singer
IFC.com
May 5, 2011
Good intentions and poor execution.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
May 2, 2011
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.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
April 29, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
April 29, 2011
Scattered drama about faith and poverty is intense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 29, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 29, 2011
Interesting but never compelling...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 29, 2011
As it builds, kind of epically, to a thoughtful conclusion, "Sympathy" appreciates the places we find after defeating our demons.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
April 28, 2011
Despite the powerful sense of place, "Sympathy for Delicious" unwinds a narrative thread that grows increasingly tattered and flimsy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
April 28, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Sam Adams
AV Club
April 28, 2011
Mark Ruffalo only gave himself a small part in his directorial debut, but his absence behind the camera is more keenly felt.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
April 27, 2011
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.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
April 27, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Alison Willmore
Time Out
April 27, 2011
A mess -- but a beautiful one, crammed with enough big ideas and outsize performances for three movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
April 27, 2011
Sympathy for Delicious is populated by so many good people who ought to be better that it's hard to ignore. But sympathy, for Delicious or anyone else, eludes me totally.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
April 26, 2011
An urban parable in the underlit indie tradition, Sympathy for Delicious treats sketchy, moribund storytelling as divine inspiration.
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
April 24, 2011
On odd mishmash that leads to some headscratchingly bizarre moments, while ultimately skirting incoherence of purpose.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
July 6, 2010
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.
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