Sympathy for Delicious
Sympathy for Delicious (2011)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: April 29, 2011
DVD Release Date: August 23, 2011
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Critic Score: 31% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

You can't make this stuff up. Or maybe you can, but you shouldn't.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Interesting but never compelling...

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Brian Orndorf

After working with some impressive filmmakers throughout his career, learning from the best, Ruffalo's effort is tremendously disappointing.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

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.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

As it builds, kind of epically, to a thoughtful conclusion, "Sympathy" appreciates the places we find after defeating our demons.

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Sr. Rose Pacatte
National Catholic Reporter

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.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

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.

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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times

Despite the powerful sense of place, "Sympathy for Delicious" unwinds a narrative thread that grows increasingly tattered and flimsy.

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Brent Simon

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 40% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Am I rooting for the underdogs these days? I was mesmerized by this movie, yet others seemed to not like it.....Great cast. Captivating. Raw, without being… More
Sol C
Ruffalo's directorial debut was so so. The film reminded me of the film, The Touch with Skeet Ulrich and Christopher Walken, however, I thought that film… More
Cast:Mark Ruffalo, Christopher Thornton, Orlando Bloom, Juliette Lewis, Laura Linney, John Carroll Lynch, Noah Emmerich, James Karen, Nathan Wetherington… More
Christopher Haskell
There is enough going on in this Mark Ruffalo production to keep things interesting, but never outstanding. Christopher Thornton is a new enough face to keep… More
Walter M.
In "Sympathy for Delicious," Dean(Christopher Thornton, who also wrote), a paraplegic, is disappointed at the lack of results when he is dragged to… More
matt sigur
I had high hopes for this film since I heard Ruffalo was directing it and The Besnard Lakes were doing the music. However, after reading the reviews, I figured… More