The first time you stare into Halle Berry's iris, it's interesting; by the fifth and sixth time it's exasperating.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Story of death and redemption too much for kids.
| Original Score: 4/5
'Things We Lost in the Fire' deserves praise for its top-notch performances and its humanistic treatment of such serious subject matter as grief and addiction.
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Danish director Bier focuses on themes and relationships in what's otherwise a rather contrived melodrama.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
A lovable heroin addict helps a widow and her children cope with loss... Obvious and unconvincing...
| Original Score: 2/4
...raw and anguished performances...
| Original Score: 3/5
Susanne Bier's first English-language film is a superbly written, powerfully emotional drama with terrific, Oscar-worthy performances from Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro.
Del Toro's face can be a map of emotions, and he's allowed to unfold it freely.
| Original Score: 3/4
[Del Toro is] both beast and beauty in a movie that mismanages the idea that life is not a fairy tale.
A shimmering example of just how good Benicio Del Toro has become, as well as how bad Halle Berry has pretty much always been.
The most remarkable thing about Things We Lost in the Fire is the fact that Susanne Bier came all the way from Denmark to make this movie.
Look for Benicio Del Toro's name next to my friend Hal Holbrook and (hopefully) Max Von Sydow when the Best Supporting Actor names are listed.
...plays like Iñárritu Lite, which means it's not terrible, but it does pretend to a substance it doesn't in fact deliver.
| Original Score: 84/100
Excuse me, but wasn't this soap opera supposed to be about Halle's grieving character's loss of a husband, not about her worrying about losing her looks? It doesn't get any more shallow than this.
| Original Score: 1/4
It's very strong.
...a muddled story that features an outstanding performance by Del Toro ...wrapped up in pretentious storytelling.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Things We Lost in the Fire could have easily turned into chest-thumping and wailing for two hours, but it's a lot more than that.
Things We Lost in the Fire is the best of the recent crop of films about coping with loss. It also boasts a quietly riveting performance by Benicio Del Toro.
Only the acting is remarkable in this agonizingly morose, tedious melodrama that unfolds at the pace of a death march.
| Original Score: 6/10