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Thanks For Sharing (2013)

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Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 110
Fresh: 54 | Rotten: 56

Thanks For Sharing showcases some fine performances but doesn't delve into its thorny premise as deeply as it should.

42

Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 22

Thanks For Sharing showcases some fine performances but doesn't delve into its thorny premise as deeply as it should.

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Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 9,832

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Movie Info

On the surface Adam (Ruffalo), an over-achieving environmental consultant, Mike (Robbins), a long-married small-business owner, and Neil (Gad), a wisecracking emergency-room doctor, have little in common. But all are in different stages of dealing with addiction. Confident and successful in his career, Adam is afraid to allow love back into his life, even if that means losing a chance to start over with smart, beautiful and accomplished Phoebe (Paltrow); Mike's efforts to control his wife, Katie

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Drama, Comedy

Stuart Blumberg, Matt Winston

Jan 7, 2014

$1.1M

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All Critics (110) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (54) | Rotten (56) | DVD (1)

Thanks for Sharing might best be described as being like Steve McQueen's sex-addiction drama, Shame, if it were rewritten by Neil Simon at his most schmaltzy.

October 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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It's frankly exhausting to keep up with these neurotic over-sharers, who are neither serious enough to care about nor humorous enough to laugh at.

October 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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At least most of the cast is appealing, with Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow, Josh Gad, and Alecia Moore (better known as pop singer Pink) delivering the uninspired dialogue with relative finesse.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Be warned: viewers may experience a violent urge to shake the characters, one by one, and tell them to get a life.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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After the bleak brilliance of 'Shame,' this is an almost sunny look at sexual addiction. Almost.

September 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com
Richard Roeper.com
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Thanks for Sharing is never quite crazy or funny enough to transcend its "disease-of-month" template.

September 20, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture
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You get a very talented ensemble, but the material just isn't strong enough, leading to a lot of star power, but no staying power.

January 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Writer/director Stuart Blumberg got me to care about the characters and their fate to a degree all too rare in medium-sized American dramas.

November 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz
Flicks.co.nz

A likeable, well-meaning muddle of a movie, Thanks For Sharing takes the light road through the serious sex addiction of three New Yorkers.

October 18, 2013 Full Review Source: 3AW

This self-conscious oddity can't decide whether it wants to be an indie-earnest reappraisal of the rigours of chronic dependency, or a slightly racy romcom with a saucy topical edge.

October 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Wildly inconsistent in tone, it is impossible to know whether the film aspires to comedy; it's certainly not funny.

October 6, 2013 Full Review Source: ABC Radio (Australia)
ABC Radio (Australia)

An occasionally by turns dull, moving, funny, sobering and oddly explicit drama which feels a bit like Mike Leigh deflating Sex And The City.

October 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

Next week we shall be drawing parallels between compulsive telly watchers and members of the French Resistance. Ludicrous.

October 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

The result plays like a dramatized self-help book: useful if you're in therapy but not much fun for the rest of us.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Thanks For Sharing did not leave me wanting more but less. And demanding a cinematic court order that comedy and drama live apart for a while, or at least until they can share the screen in harmony.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: UTV

Thanks but no thanks.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Engaging, low-key and thoughtful comedy-drama with a sharply observed script and a trio of terrific performances from Ruffalo, Robbins and Gad.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Tonally the film is all over the rink, but it leaves you more convinced and entertained than you'd expect.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Even if we've never been to a 12-step meeting, an intelligent script and sharp performances help us see ourselves in these characters and situations.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com
Contactmusic.com

Mature sex addiction dramedy has some highs, but also lows.

October 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

When Blumberg's film heads into more melodramatic territory, and attempts to impart lessons about what it means to live and love, it feels - and apologies for the phrasing - masturbatory.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

The film settles into a more predictable pattern in the second half, when each of its three stories plays out an inevitable conflict that causes their demons to manifest themselves in melodramatic ways before allowing for a chance at redemption.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

It's a romantic comedy about sex addiction but somehow it pulls off the premise. Director Stuart Blumberg takes some unlikely material for the genre and makes it work.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Movieline
Movieline

Audience Reviews for Thanks For Sharing

The main problem with this film is that it splits time between three different sets of couples so we barely get a glimpse into their lives and their struggles with their disease. This is most evident by our main character barely ever being onscreen, and most of his issues aren't touched upon. Ruffalo's character struggles with his addiction and honorably refrains while in a relationship, charting the new waters between lust and love. Still, we don't know him as a character, so his growth doesn't really interest us. We don't know who he was before when he was suffering from his addiction, or how he eventually starting going to treatment, or what steps he should have taken with his love interest. The other two storylines are more fleshed out, but only one really peaks interest. Robbins is married with a son who he most atone towards, since he was a drunk and a womanizer while he was a child. This is an impressive storyline that shows the bleak reality of addiction and its effect on loved ones. Josh Gad and Pink play newly anointed sex addicts who navigate friendship and each grow substantially over the course of the film. Theirs is the most fulfilling, funny, and heartwarming storyline, and the only entertaining part of this film. Otherwise it's a very watered down drama that only tells some aspects of this disease.
August 28, 2014
FrizzDrop

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3 1/4 stars--This story had real potential, and some really good actors. I was expecting a good film. But, the movie is just a standard rom-com with an attempt at a good story plugged in. The end the movie tries to become something special, but it is too little, too late. The movie just falls flat, even the good actors can't save it. I didn't hate it, but I expected so much more..
April 7, 2014
itsjustme2004

Super Reviewer

Life is a journey you never have to take alone.

Good drama/comedy film! The movie depicts a surprisingly complete spectrum of victories, failures, and facts of recovery: meetings, sponsorship, relapses into addiction, a "crash", a "crash and burn", job loses, near relapses, just-in-time phone calls, phone calls which went unanswered at critical times, suspicious girlfriends, wary wives, male addicts, female addicts, addict parents having to confront the affects of their addiction on their own children, addicts having to deal with their abusive parents, starting a healthy relationship with another addict in recovery or with a non-addict, the confusion caused by sex after long abstinence from sex, multiple addictions, and, above all, a message of hope and freedom. It's all there, and it's there in a surprisingly compact story. The main cast were great and their characters were interesting. More importantly, the film didn't suffer from the current trait of being too long for the storyline.

A romantic comedy that brings together three disparate characters who are learning to face a challenging and often confusing world as they struggle together against a common demon: sex addiction.
February 20, 2014
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Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

Much better than I expected. Unusual topic for a rom com, being about addiction. I can't stand Pink, but have to give her credit for playing a good part. Emily Meade as Becky was the standout for me. She had a fairly small role, but was very moving. I really warned to know more about her character.
October 17, 2013
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