...this offbeat effort proves more admirable for its ambition than anything else, as the uneasy mix of satire, allegory, grittiness and redemption never quite jells.
—Dennis Harvey Variety
The movie reaches for the heart, but only comes back with a balloon filled with fake blood and chicken livers.
—Sam Adams Onion AV Club
...an unusual tale of miracles and self-doubt...
—John DeFore Hollywood Reporter
An urban parable in the underlit indie tradition...
—Michelle Orange Village Voice
...a chaotic pile-up of half-baked concepts that suggests an intellectual mosh pit.
—Stephen Holden New York Times
Sympathy for Delicious does everything it can to disguise the fact that it's ultimately a Christian morality play. But despite its gritty setting, unlovable protagonist, and bizarre turn into music-world satire, Mark Ruffalo's directorial debut can't help but reveal the mushy heart we'd expect from a movie about a homeless man discovering he possesses Christ-like healing powers.
—Andrew Schenker Slant Magazine
...this semiexpressionist fantasia is a botch.
—Peter Rainer Christian Science Monitor