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Sympathy for Delicious
SYMPATHY FOR DELICIOUS marks acclaimed actor Mark Ruffalo's first foray into directing. This inspired and unusual film tells the story of Dean O'Dwyer (Christopher Thornton), also known as "Delicious D," an up-and-coming DJ on the underground music scene in Los Angeles. When a motorcycle accident leaves Dean paralyzed, he abandons his turntables for a wheelchair as his once promising career disappears before his eyes. Forced to live out of his car on skid row, Dean begins his descent into depression when he meets Father Joe Roselli (Mark Ruffalo), a passionate young priest.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"You can't make this stuff up. Or maybe you can, but you shouldn't."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Interesting but never compelling..."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"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."
‑ Brent Simon,
"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."
‑ Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, Ebert Presents At The Movies
"The spiritual journey of a disabled turntable dj with a gift of healing from Skid Row to megabuck success as a member of a heavy metal band."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"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."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"As it builds, kind of epically, to a thoughtful conclusion, "Sympathy" appreciates the places we find after defeating our demons."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"The script would have better served the character of Delicious if his powers were "scientifically" explained."
‑ John Esther, UR Chicago Magazine
"Scattered drama about faith and poverty is intense."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"On odd mishmash that leads to some headscratchingly bizarre moments, while ultimately skirting incoherence of purpose."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine
"While, as director, Ruffalo is a little too fond of hand-held shots, he keeps all the performances simmering and moves the story ahead in simple, straightforward steps."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Despite the powerful sense of place, "Sympathy for Delicious" unwinds a narrative thread that grows increasingly tattered and flimsy."
‑ Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
"Good intentions and poor execution."
‑ Matt Singer,
"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."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
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