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Sympathy for Delicious Reviews

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April 28, 2011
Mark Ruffalo only gave himself a small part in his directorial debut, but his absence behind the camera is more keenly felt.
Read More | Original Score: C+
April 24, 2011
On odd mishmash that leads to some headscratchingly bizarre moments, while ultimately skirting incoherence of purpose.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 25, 2010
Mark Ruffalo's directorial debut spoofs religious fervour and rock-star excesses, but lead actor Christopher Thornton's muddled screenplay struggles to hit its targets.
April 29, 2011
Scattered drama about faith and poverty is intense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 26, 2011
An urban parable in the underlit indie tradition, Sympathy for Delicious treats sketchy, moribund storytelling as divine inspiration.
May 21, 2011
The movie presents its premise in a somewhat intriguingly unprepossessing way, but abandons any deeper exploration of its crisis of faith or, indeed, just human existence -- all to hopelessly middling effect.
Full Review | Original Score: C
February 1, 2010
Sympathy For Delicious doesn't just go from bad to worse with each passing scene but dives wheelchair first into downright laughable waters during its final ten minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
April 28, 2011
These characters may serve an obscure metaphorical agenda, but they make no psychological sense. And as the movie contemplates the rewards and perils of giving and receiving, it winds itself into stomach-turning knots.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
April 29, 2011
Interesting but never compelling...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 5, 2011
Good intentions and poor execution.
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 13, 2011
The script would have better served the character of Delicious if his powers were "scientifically" explained.
April 28, 2011
Despite the powerful sense of place, "Sympathy for Delicious" unwinds a narrative thread that grows increasingly tattered and flimsy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 6, 2010
This offbeat effort proves more admirable for its ambition than anything else, as the uneasy mix of satire, allegory, grittiness and redemption never quite jells.
April 27, 2011
Sympathy for Delicious is populated by so many good people who ought to be better that it's hard to ignore. But sympathy, for Delicious or anyone else, eludes me totally.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 27, 2011
Messy, far-fetched rock drama with religious vibes, about a former DJ on L.A.'s skid row who emerges a healer, will go straight to the cut-out bin.
April 29, 2011
Mark Ruffalo is one of the best actors of his generation, and I'd like to be able to say that, with his directorial debut, Sympathy for Delicious, he's one of its best filmmakers, too. Alas, this semiexpressionist fantasia is a botch.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
May 6, 2011
You can't make this stuff up. Or maybe you can, but you shouldn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 29, 2017
My impression of the film is that it was like watching a Flannery O'Connor dark comedy of the spirit where the priest-savior cannot find himself and the man-healer cannot cure himself.
May 2, 2011
Once we get to the trial that kind of dominates the later part of the movie, I think it comes back and it refocuses on this dynamic between Thornton and Ruffalo who are incedently really good together.
April 27, 2011
A mess -- but a beautiful one, crammed with enough big ideas and outsize performances for three movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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