Hoffman died within two weeks of the film's premiere at Sundance's 2014 U.S. Dramatic Competition.
When a blue collar worker's stepson is killed in a mysterious accident, he tries to cope, but things become difficult as the characters continue to intertwine in unexpected ways.
God's Pocket received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 36% based on 89 reviews, with the critical consensus reading, "Well-cast but frustratingly clichéd, God's Pocket fails to strike a sensible balance between comedy and drama." On Metacritic, the film received a score of 51 out of 100, based on 27 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
The Hollywood Reporter called it a "half-good effort" that lacked the "snap, precision and stylistic smarts a mixed-tone project like this requires." Screen International called it "too shaggy and tonally inconsistent to hold together." Stephanie Merry from the Washington Post said, "What began as an intriguing snapshot begins to feel grotesque and inscrutable."
The film received some positive reviews from notable critics. Richard Roeper said, "John Slattery's direction is skilled and steady.... Great actors at the top of their game working with rich material." David Edelstein of New York Magazine/Vulture said, ″Slattery adapted the book with Alex Metcalf and gets the tone just right. The film is damnably amusing.″ In a Sundance first-look review The Guardian gave the film 4 out of 5 stars. The New York Post said the film was ″crafted with great skill.″