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80
What makes things different is the way Blumberg strikes an assured balance between dour downward spirals and “work the program” uplift, gifting these flawed people with both a sense of hope and the knowledge that it will never be enough.
75
Though Blumberg treats the topic with admirable frankness, the film's insights would've had more impact if he wasn't so quick to hop to the next storyline whenever matters get especially thorny.
75
It's a tribute to the script by Stuart Blumberg and Matt Winston, the directorial aplomb of Blumberg and the genuine performances of the cast that most of the time, we care about these people, we believe their problems are real and we want them to get the help they so desperately need.
72
And yet: Thanks for Sharing is such a relaxed, good-humored movie that it's tough to complain about its tendency to ... well, overshare.
63
Thanks for Sharing is a bit of a head-snapper in its tone changes, stumbling into flippancy. The light moments are appreciated, but they do tend to undercut the sobriety of it all.
63
Thanks for Sharing is all over the place trying to find a tone, but it knows where its heart is.
63
See Steve McQueen's “Shame” (2011) if you want a sense of how destructive this sickness can be to the soul. See Thanks for Sharing if you want to know what people can do about it.
63
Although the characters are three-dimensional, the simultaneous crises and last-act resolutions are a little too neat for a movie about the messiness of life.
63
Ultimately, it's the romance that feels forced and phony, not the group meetings, the confessions, the anguished moments alone.
60
Shame was erotic compulsion turned into opera, full of sombre vibrato. Thanks for Sharing is probably the more realistic, as well as more mainstream, and there's a generous pinch of very funny lines, mostly bestowed on Robbins.
60
The Kids Are All Right writer Stuart Blumberg's first directorial effort is a frothy affair with typically strong turns from Ruffalo and Paltrow.
60
The many-threaded approach makes it feel narratively rich and sophisticated, but it also shorthands and shortchanges some of the most interesting characters.
50
Collectively, Thanks for Sharing boasts more than enough personalities to keep things interesting, but it lacks the casual spontaneity to make these characters' journeys anything other than predictable.
50
Too much of what happens as the characters undergo their various brushes with failure and redemption feels predetermined, slapping what aims to be a much savvier film with a debilitating touch of the formulaic.
50
This tone-deaf misfire can't decide whether it wants to be a broad comedy doling out raunchy slapstick laughs or a serious drama about our porn-saturated age of sensory overload.
50
Is an exploration of sex addiction, in all its different manifestations, the new flavor of the week in contemporary American cinema?
50
The characters are mostly likable, and despite some comic sallies the film takes a compassionate stance toward them. But it feels like a glossy, overly neat take on what should be an explosive topic.
42
Never quite as deep or probing as it thinks it is, Thanks For Sharing is an unsatisfying tease.
40
It's a bold and certainly credible move, but the execution is something of a belly flop. Thanks for Sharing isn't really about a disease, only the cure, and that bias makes it a plausible picture of the Friend of Bill community-based recovery, but kind of a sham as a portrait of actual human beings.
40
Sometimes, less is more. Case in point: Thanks for Sharing, a film that's a little too eager to be ID'd as a “sex addiction dramedy.” As a result, solidly grounded performances from almost all the cast members wind up playing second fiddle to navel-gazing.
35
Thanks for Sharing can't quite find its footing as either a drama or a comedy, and near the end it's actively sliding off the rails.

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