• 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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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

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

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

April 28, 2011
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

May 13, 2009
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

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 Source: Urban Cinefile

August 14, 2008
Louise Keller
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 Source: Urban Cinefile

August 14, 2008
Staci Layne Wilson
Buzzine Magazine

I wish someone had lost this script in the fire.

March 5, 2008
Christian Toto
Washington Times

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.

Full Review Source: Washington Times | Original Score: 3/4

March 4, 2008
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

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

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 76/100

February 25, 2008

Empire Magazine

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

February 1, 2008
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Often as overwrought as it is heartrending.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: B

November 27, 2007
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 24, 2007
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 7, 2007
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 1, 2007
Emily S. Mendel
culturevulture.net

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.

Full Review Source: culturevulture.net

October 30, 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
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
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
October 18, 2008

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 18, 2008

Boxoffice Magazine
April 3, 2008

BBC.com
February 5, 2008

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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October 20, 2007

Screen International
October 20, 2007

Detroit News
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Serves as strong reminder of what a powerfully charismatic and completely natural actor Benicio Del Toro is.

Full Review Source: Detroit News

October 19, 2007
Leonard Maltin
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October 19, 2007
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