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Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)

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Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 125
Fresh: 80 | Rotten: 45

Things We Lost in the Fire is a well-acted, beautifully filmed reflection on love, loss, addiction and recovery from life's obstacles.

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Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 13

Things We Lost in the Fire is a well-acted, beautifully filmed reflection on love, loss, addiction and recovery from life's obstacles.

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A woman who lost her husband in a random act of violence and a heroin addict who was a lifelong friend of the dearly departed discover that the beloved husband and friend's unfortunate passing is actually a blessing in disguise in Open Hearts director Susanne Bier's Dogme-style drama. When her husband (David Duchovny) was killed, Audrey Burke (Halle Berry) didn't think she would be able to summon the strength to carry on. Jerry Sunborne (Benicio Del Toro) is a heroin addict who was one of the

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Allan Loeb

Feb 13, 2008

$3.2M

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All Critics (134) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (80) | Rotten (45) | DVD (20)

Things We Lost in the Fire is certainly not a comedy, but it is definitely mordant with its two Big Themes: Loss and Addiction, both treated in a singularly heavy-handed manner, for which I blame primarily Mr. Loeb's screenplay.

October 31, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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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.

October 27, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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It's very strong.

October 22, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
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The movie is an engrossing melodrama, and it has its heart in the right place.

October 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Things We Lost in the Fire veers away from the real and hard and toward the fantastic.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Its deliberate pacing may put some viewers off, as will the bleakness of the subject matter, but it's worth seeing, mostly to soak up the complex shades of Del Toro's performance.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: USA Today
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Every trace of maudlin evaporates in one of Del Toro's lopsided grins.

April 28, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

You can't manufacture honest sentiment.... So, I'd have to call the movie a noble miss.

March 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

The best part of the film is del Toro's performance, a junkie jumble of many layers, glued together with a deep seated humanity that reaches out to us.

August 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

A Susanne Bier film guarantees us a potent emotional journey, and this, Bier's first English language film, dissects hearts and searches for truths.

August 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

The film felt very anti-climatic to me for some reason.

May 26, 2008 Full Review Source: WJFK-FM (CBS Radio) | Comment (1)
WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)

Where the film's ambitions crumble is in its avowed refusal to make its audience too uncomfortable.

May 1, 2008 Full Review Source: MSNBC

I wish someone had lost this script in the fire.

March 5, 2008 | Comment (1)
Buzzine Magazine

Things We Lost in the Fire sounds like a made-for-Lifetime weeper. But two superlative performances means "Fire" is anything but a by-the-book drama.

March 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

Less than profound, but consistently honest, Things We Lost in the Fire is neither triumphant nor great, but it is meaningful.

February 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Scheduled blowups and symbolic dreams and interminable tears until we all feel like we've learned a little something about loss: We want our two hours back.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly | Comment (1)
I.E. Weekly

Often as overwrought as it is heartrending.

November 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

...never entirely comes off as the searing, hard-to-watch drama it's presumably supposed to be.

November 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

"Things We Lost In The Fire" is an overlong downer that crumbles under the relentless strain of anger and grief.

November 19, 2007 Full Review

Damaged individuals healing one another is a serviceable idea for a film, but Things We Lost in the Fire is missing an essential component: plausibility.

November 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

In an unusual season with so many films are aimed at adults Things We Lost may be the most mature of the lot.

November 7, 2007 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Things We Lost in the Fire: Any sense of rhythm or pace, and an ending that won't make you groan.

November 2, 2007
Planet Sick-Boy

A sobering and intimate look at how we handle loss, "Things We Lost in the Fire" is owned by the performance of Benicio del Toro.

November 1, 2007 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Benicio is the heroine addict with a heart of gold!

October 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Snobs
Film Snobs

There is much that is right about this film; it is a shame that it tries a bit too hard and falls a bit short.

October 30, 2007 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
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Audience Reviews for Things We Lost in the Fire

Took me 4 days to watch this movie, just was so boring, but after seeing it, I know I am a Jerry, not a drug user I'm just a very depressed person with no freaking life! Any Suggestiions? Why do only good things happen in the movies. 4 Stars
April 19, 2012
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Bruce Bruce

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An emotional, powerful story of grief, addiction and love. Excellent performances from Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro, perhaps both their best roles to date.

With a very realistic viewpoint this film is told and it is a Drama that really pulls you in and makes you care about the outcome, above all else it's honest!
May 14, 2011
76Majikat

Super Reviewer

I kept wanting more. A spark. A fire to erupt and totally engross me, suck me into the story. I wanted to feel like I wasn't just watching a movie; I was a part of the story. But it never happened. The best news about this one is that Halle Berry and, especially, Benicio Del Toro are back. Berry gives her best performance since Monster's Ball -- I swear I thought she was finished. Only Del Toro tops Berry. This is truly a great job of acting on his part. Definitely his best, for me, since The Usual Suspects.Actually, the cast, overall, is very good, but, again, the story never takes off despite some great acting. I don't want to point fingers at the director, or the editors, or even the writers. I get the feeling that everyone believed in this story. Still, no movie magic here.
January 20, 2011
binky013

Super Reviewer

This is definitely a film of lost potential. The cast is great, and they all give incredible performances - Alison Lohman, especially. I'm surprised she has never made it big- but ultimately the film does the accomplish much. Just days after watching it, I remember nothing. The characters are intersting, but they are never completely explored. The plot has a certain amount of potential, but it never really takes off. The one thing that saves the film is that despite it's flaws, Things We Lost in the Fire is that is really is rather intersting and at times thought-provoking concerning things such as life and love, familiy dynamics, the importance and relation of spouses and friends.
June 19, 2010
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