Things We Lost in the Fire (2007) - Rotten Tomatoes

Things We Lost in the Fire2007

Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)



Critic Consensus: Things We Lost in the Fire is a well-acted, beautifully filmed reflection on love, loss, addiction and recovery from life's obstacles.

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When Audrey Burke loses her husband in an act of random violence, she forges an unlikely relationship with Jerry Sunborne, her husband's best friend from childhood. Jerry is a heroin user; his addiction has destroyed everything that was once important to him. As Audrey discovers that Jerry is the only person who can help her survive her loss, Jerry finds the strength to overcome his own problems.

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Halle Berry
as Audrey Burke
Benicio Del Toro
as Jerry Sunborne
David Duchovny
as Steven Burke
John Carroll Lynch
as Howard Glassman
Maureen Thomas
as Grandma Ginnie Burke
Patricia Harras
as Howard's Wife
V.J. Foster
as Distressed Man
Carolyn Field
as Teresa Haddock
Todd Charles Mosher
as Police Officer No. 2
Marlies Dick
as Police Officer No. 1
Liam James
as Cousin Dave
Quinn Lord
as Cousin Joel
Alejandro Chavarria
as Backyard Kid
Ken Tremblett
as Brenda's Husband
Hilary Strang
as N.A. Meeting Director
Jessica McLeod
as Harper's Friend
Victoria Campbell
as Harper's Friend
Gerry Rousseau
as John in Alley
Abraham Jedidiah
as Mr. Skopes
Adrian Hough
as N.A. Meeting Man
Kendall Cross
as N.A. Meeting Person
Lorena Gale
as N.A. Meeting Person
R. Nelson Brown
as N.A. Meeting Person
Hakan Coskuner
as Alvin the Addict
James Bayliss
as Misunderstood Dealer
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Critic Reviews for Things We Lost in the Fire

All Critics (129) | Top Critics (43)

Where the film's ambitions crumble is in its avowed refusal to make its audience too uncomfortable.

May 1, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Scheduled blowups and symbolic dreams and interminable tears until we all feel like we've learned a little something about loss: We want our two hours back.

February 22, 2008 | Rating: D | Full Review…

Often as overwrought as it is heartrending.

November 27, 2007 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Things We Lost in the Fire is certainly not a comedy, but it is definitely mordant with its two Big Themes: Loss and Addiction, both treated in a singularly heavy-handed manner, for which I blame primarily Mr. Loeb's screenplay.

October 31, 2007

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.

October 27, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4

It's very strong.

October 22, 2007

Audience Reviews for Things We Lost in the Fire


A very touching drama about dealing with grieve and second chances with some non-chronological storytelling in the first third and mighty fine acting. Especially Del Toro is outstanding once again. The film makes you care for those deeply flawed characters and their fate, the scene explaining the title is particularly touching. Well worth seeing.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Took me 4 days to watch this movie, just was so boring, but after seeing it, I know I am a Jerry, not a drug user I'm just a very depressed person with no freaking life! Any Suggestiions? Why do only good things happen in the movies. 4 Stars

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

An emotional, powerful story of grief, addiction and love. Excellent performances from Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro, perhaps both their best roles to date. With a very realistic viewpoint this film is told and it is a Drama that really pulls you in and makes you care about the outcome, above all else it's honest!

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Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

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