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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Maggie Gyllenhaal is such a miracle of an actress that she makes you respond to the innocence of Sherry's desperate, selfish destruction.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    There is nothing flashy about these performances, but Gyllenhaal, Dillon and Gosling fully inhabit their characters, giving haunting portrayals. Watch for these names to emerge on the short list for Academy Award consideration.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Danny Trejo plays Sherry's sometime lover and friend, and he's a big asset to a small, sharp film that won't be for everyone. That's a compliment.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Buoyed by Gyllenhaal's hauntingly complex portrait of the vivacious but addictive Sherry, the film is no mere by-the-numbers chronology of addiction. Gyllenhaal's sympathetic and charismatic performance binds us to the horror of Sherry's personal demons.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Gyllenhaal shines in gritty, haunting drug drama.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film depicts drug addiction and one woman's struggle to stay clean. Sherry drinks beer and liquor and uses heroin after having been clean for years. The drug use is not shown as glamorous. Sherry, a former stripper, is also half-naked much of the time and is shown having sex with two different men. She's also the victim of childhood sexual abuse, which may be especially upsetting for people who've experienced the same thing. Sherry attempts to kidnap her daughter.

  • Families can talk about how drug and alcohol addiction have affected Sherry's life. Do drugs and alcohol seem appealing in this film? What about casual sex? Is Maggie Gyllenhaal sexy as Sherry? Why or why not?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Sherry uses her sexuality to get what she needs. She also struggles to stay clean and sober.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: It's implied that her father sexually molested her. Sherry and another girl at Genesis House scream at each other and fight. As Sherry's walking across the street, you can hear a gunshot.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Sherry has sex with two different guys and is often partially naked. Her bare breasts are often visible. She talks about having a shaved pubic region and encourages one of the men to perform oral sex on her. She performs oral sex to get the job she wants. Her father gropes her breasts. She talks about having been a stripper when she was 16.

  • language false3

    Language: Considerable cursing, including "motherf---er," "f--k," "bitch," "s--t," "damn," "bulls--t," "c--t," and "badass."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Sherry chain smokes. Sherry and her sister-in-law smoke together. Sherry drinks beer and liquor and uses heroin. Sherry and her brother talk about a friend who died of a drug overdose.