All or Nothing (2002)

All or Nothing



Critic Consensus: All or Nothing's depiction of the working-class can be depressingly bleak, but the performances are wonderfully true to life.

Movie Info

A drama set in present-day London in which a supermarket checkout girl named Penny begins to fall out of love with her taxi-driver boyfriend, Phil. Their daughter Rachel cleans in a home for elderly people, and their son Rory is unemployed and aggressive. The joy has gone out of Phil's and Penny's life, but when an unexpected tragedy occurs, they are brought together to rediscover their love.

Rating: R (for pervasive language and some sexuality)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Mike Leigh
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 18, 2003
MGM Distribution Company - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for All or Nothing

All Critics (101) | Top Critics (30)

Mike Leigh goes spelunking in search of the English soul, finds gold.

Full Review… | May 28, 2003
Top Critic

For close to two hours the audience is forced to endure three terminally depressed, mostly inarticulate, hyper dysfunctional families for the price of one.

Full Review… | January 17, 2003
New York Observer
Top Critic

An unsentimental, but nevertheless touching and sincere, reflection on the meaning of family and the fragility of love.

December 5, 2002
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

It's all quite tough going, but the actors make it difficult to look away.

Full Review… | January 27, 2009

On the surface, a dreary, knuckles-down tale of a working class London family.

November 1, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

All Or Nothing may seem depressing, but in fact uplifts us.

Full Review… | April 26, 2003
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for All or Nothing

I'm not really sure how he does it, but I always get a little uncomfortable when I watch a Mike Leigh movie. Life just never gives his characters a break.

Saskia D.

Super Reviewer


Gone has Mike Leigh's usual signature humour here but at All or Nothing's core is his usual basic message that no matter how bleak or desperate life can be, simple acts of kindness and love, can still flourish above everything else, although it's not as slushy or as Hollywood as that sounds. Mike Leigh's films tend to have the same tone, many don't like it but I just can't get enough. My only criticism of this film is that of the casting of James Corden. Considering he played a fat useless and rather unlikeable character it is actually very good casting I suppose (I wonder if he was acting?), I just can't stand him and so it wasn't necessarily as enjoyable as most of Leigh's films are for me. Damn you James Corden!

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer


Grim but genuine study of a struggling working class family and their world on a London estate. Particularly disturbing is the feeling each successive generation is doomed to repeat the mistakes of their parents.

Gordon A

Super Reviewer

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