Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)



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

Movie Info

When Audrey Burke loses her husband in an act of random violence, she forges an unlikely relationship with Jerry Sunborne, her husband's best friend from childhood. Jerry is a heroin user; his addiction has destroyed everything that was once important to him. As Audrey discovers that Jerry is the only person who can help her survive her loss, Jerry finds the strength to overcome his own problems.

Rating: R (for drug content and language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Allan Loeb
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 13, 2008
Box Office: $3.2M
Dreamworks/Paramount - Official Site


as Audrey Burke

as Jerry Sunborne

as Steven Burke

as Howard Glassman

as Grandma Ginnie Burke

as Howard's Wife

as Distressed Man

as Teresa Haddock

as Police Officer No. 2

as Police Officer No. 1

as Cousin Dave

as Cousin Joel

as Backyard Kid

as Brenda's Husband

as N.A. Meeting Directo...

as Harper's Friend

as John in Alley

as Mr. Skopes

as N.A. Meeting Man

as N.A. Meeting Person

as N.A. Meeting Person

as N.A. Meeting Person

as Alvin the Addict

as Misunderstood Dealer

as Harper's Friend
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Critic Reviews for Things We Lost in the Fire

All Critics (133) | Top Critics (37)

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.

Full Review… | October 31, 2007
New York Observer
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 27, 2007
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Every trace of maudlin evaporates in one of Del Toro's lopsided grins.

Full Review… | April 28, 2011
East Bay Express

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

Full Review… | March 21, 2009
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.

Full Review… | August 14, 2008
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.

Full Review… | August 14, 2008
Urban Cinefile

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

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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!

Lady D'arbanville

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.

Lanning : )

Super Reviewer

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