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Better Living Through Chemistry

Drama . Comedy

A straight-laced pharmacist's uneventful life spirals out of control when he starts an affair with a trophy wife customer who takes him on a joyride involving sex, drugs and possibly murder.

Actors: Olivia Wilde , Michelle Monaghan , Sam Rockwell , Ray Liotta , Jane Fonda , Ben Schwartz , Peter Jacobson , Ken Howard , Norbert Leo Butz , Lauren White
Directors: Geoff Moore , David Posamentier
Country: USA , UK
Release: 2014-03-14
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  • Rex Reed

    The end result of this stoned-cold picnic is both haphazardly successful and somewhat disappointing, but it’s worth seeing, thanks enormously to the tremendous charisma of Sam Rockwell.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    If the behavior of the characters had been more recognizably human in its venality, and the film's perspective more ruthless, this custom-made compound might have worked.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    Better Living Through Chemistry never becomes a full-fledged film noir. It reads as an unabashedly positive infomercial for gorging on the apparently risk-free, liberating products of Big Pharma.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Gary Goldstein

    The film often defies expectations but also winds up sidestepping the kind of trapdoors and quicksand that might have made the ride more exhilarating.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • G. Allen Johnson

    It tries too hard, but at least it's trying.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • John DeFore

    Amusing but not as funny or suspenseful as it could be.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Inkoo Kang

    Never feels as triumphant or as affecting as it should, but the script boasts some amusing meanness of spirit.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    The cloying narration and the inclusion of Fonda are just warnings for that moment, 70 minutes in, when this comic chemical train goes completely off the rails. Rockwell, Wilde, Monaghan are worth the price of admission, but “Better Living” would have been better off with more chemistry and less cutesy.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Chuck Bowen

    A sexily chaotic parody of entitlement becomes just another tale of a white dude learning that there are worse things in life than essentially having no problems.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    The unexpected chemistry between Sam Rockwell and Olivia Wilde helps balance this sour noir comedy.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Christy Lemire

    Playing namby-pamby is not Sam Rockwell's strong suit. Full Review
  • Peter Keough

    One hopes that, for their own good, when any of these actors are offered a script like this again, they’ll have the sense to just say no.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    Rockwell is incapable of being boring, so there’s some small entertainment to be found in watching his buttoned-up beta male blossom into full Sam Rockwell.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Geoff Berkshire

    There isn’t a pharmaceutical cocktail powerful enough to improve the dreadful comedy of Better Living Through Chemistry.

    Variety Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    Better Living Through Chemistry suggests a new cinematic rule: the more impressed a movie is with itself, the less likely it is to impress a discriminating audience liable to have seen all its silly little tricks before.

    The Dissolve Full Review
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