Better Living Through Chemistry Reviews

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March 14, 2014
"Better Living Through Chemistry" as a whole feels rather superficial and safe.
March 14, 2014
By the time the film gets to its ridiculous stretch of an ending, we've all seen the great fun to be had with drugs while also learning of their danger. How convenient. How empty.
March 14, 2014
Sam Rockwell's committed performance can't save the glib debut of filmmakers Geoff Moore and David Posamentier.
March 14, 2014
An ill-conceived if mildly amusing comedy about middle-class ennui, sexual frustration, and drug abuse.
March 14, 2014
"Better Living Through Chemistry" ... is too much like the pretty suburbs it was shot in - neat and slick and comfortable. But ultimately, and deliberately, safe.
March 13, 2014
A tepid but pleasant comic satire given a shot of contemporaneity by its writing and directing team, Geoff Moore and David Posamentier, and its star Sam Rockwell.
August 22, 2018
Cynical dark comedy "Better Living Through Chemistry" stands out against other foul-mouthed, indie-ish capers for one reason: Sam Rockwell.
September 7, 2014
If nothing else, the directors have assembled an impressive, if underutilized cast.
April 21, 2014
It's got some of the comic-noir-y small town murder plot of 'To Die For' without the payoff. It's got some of the male midlife crisis of 'American Beauty' without the nuance.
April 4, 2014
Some chemicals, when combined, manage only to become inert.
March 25, 2014
It takes only half-hearted jabs at suburban angst and the pharmaceutical industry in favor of feel-good cuteness.
March 24, 2014
Better Living Through Chemistry seems all too happy to paddle around in the shallow end and ape much more significant works, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy it.
March 20, 2014
There are plenty of fine comedic moments in Better Living, it's just that the deeper exploration of life, expectations of and pursuit of happiness is as rote and exciting as getting a prescription filled.
March 16, 2014
It has all the elements for a crackerjack neo-noir about an apothecary who foolishly attempts to fill a prescription for murder. But there's something missing, namely a script that's little more than a formulaic potion.
March 14, 2014
A classic case of a film trying to have it both ways on an audience.
March 14, 2014
It's a comedy that OD's on its own smug sense of entitlement.
March 14, 2014
The film is so divorced from the way humans actually behave that even the starring presence of Sam Rockwell can't save it.
March 14, 2014
When screenwriting manuals and college courses admonish aspiring filmmakers to use narration sparingly, if at all, and to show rather than tell, they're talking about movies like the dreadful new quirk-fest Better Living Through Chemistry.
March 14, 2014
"Better Living" never seems to know how seriously to take Doug's downward spiral - we get mixed signals on its commitment to its black-comedy potential. And the resolution feels wishy-washy.
March 13, 2014
Too bad; with this cast, "Better Living Through Chemistry" could have been a lot more fun.
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