• R, 1 hr. 58 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Susanne Bier
    In Theaters:
    Oct 19, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 13, 2008
  • Dreamworks/Paramount

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Things We Lost in the Fire Reviews

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Diana Saenger
ReviewExpress.com

The first time you stare into Halle Berry's iris, it's interesting; by the fifth and sixth time it's exasperating.

Full Review Source: ReviewExpress.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 29, 2007
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media

Story of death and redemption too much for kids.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

October 29, 2007
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

'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.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

October 28, 2007
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 27, 2007
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Danish director Bier focuses on themes and relationships in what's otherwise a rather contrived melodrama.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 27, 2007
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

A lovable heroin addict helps a widow and her children cope with loss... Obvious and unconvincing...

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 2/4

October 26, 2007
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

...raw and anguished performances...

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

October 26, 2007
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon

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.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

October 25, 2007
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Del Toro's face can be a map of emotions, and he's allowed to unfold it freely.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 3/4

October 24, 2007
Armond White
New York Press

[Del Toro is] both beast and beauty in a movie that mismanages the idea that life is not a fairy tale.

Full Review Source: New York Press

October 24, 2007
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

A shimmering example of just how good Benicio Del Toro has become, as well as how bad Halle Berry has pretty much always been.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 3/4

October 24, 2007
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 3/5

October 24, 2007
Gina Carbone
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)

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.

Full Review Source: Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine) | Original Score: 3/4

October 23, 2007
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...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

October 23, 2007
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze

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.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Original Score: 1/4

October 22, 2007
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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It's very strong.

October 22, 2007
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

...a muddled story that features an outstanding performance by Del Toro ...wrapped up in pretentious storytelling.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

October 21, 2007
Brian Tallerico
Screentalk

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.

Full Review Source: Screentalk

October 21, 2007
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org

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.

October 20, 2007
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com

Only the acting is remarkable in this agonizingly morose, tedious melodrama that unfolds at the pace of a death march.

Full Review Source: www.susangranger.com | Original Score: 6/10

October 20, 2007
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