All or Nothing Reviews

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 27, 2009
It's all quite tough going, but the actors make it difficult to look away.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
November 1, 2004
On the surface, a dreary, knuckles-down tale of a working class London family.
| Original Score: B+
Top Critic
John Anderson
Newsday
May 28, 2003
Mike Leigh goes spelunking in search of the English soul, finds gold.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
April 26, 2003
All Or Nothing may seem depressing, but in fact uplifts us.
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal
February 27, 2003
Grim but really good.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
February 2, 2003
There's an extended scene (the film's penultimate one) in the family's apartment with a level of verisimilitude that I doubt I'll ever forget.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
January 31, 2003
There's no denying the downbeat nature of All or Nothing -- it's not a frivolous night at the movies. But the story of Phil and Penny wins you with its heart.
| Original Score: 8/10
Top Critic
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
January 17, 2003
For close to two hours the audience is forced to endure three terminally depressed, mostly inarticulate, hyper dysfunctional families for the price of one.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 16, 2003
...a somber film, almost completely unrelieved by any comedy beyond the wistful everyday ironies of the working poor.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Arthur Lazere
culturevulture.net
January 7, 2003
Leigh and his actors succeed in making these characters human and sympathetic and, thus, all the more profoundly sad.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 19, 2002
[An] observant film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 17, 2002
Dreary tale of middle-class angst
Full Review | Original Score: C
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
December 16, 2002
Some of the events are unpleasant, but we are glad to accompany these people, who seem like our friends, through them.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
December 16, 2002
As well-acted and well-intentioned as All or Nothing is, however, the film comes perilously close to being too bleak, too pessimistic and too unflinching for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
December 8, 2002
Mike Leigh populates his movie with a wonderful ensemble cast of characters that bring the routine day to day struggles of the working class to life
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Rich Cline
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Brilliantly observed examination of modern relationships and interaction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 6, 2002
It's a wonderful, sobering, heart-felt drama.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Top Critic
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
December 5, 2002
An unsentimental, but nevertheless touching and sincere, reflection on the meaning of family and the fragility of love.
| Original Score: 4/5
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
December 5, 2002
With Spall's marvelously sheepish performance setting the example, every second of every interaction in All or Nothing feels correct, honest and true.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Blake French
Filmcritic.com
December 5, 2002
The characters do nothing but smoke, eat, argue, drink, argue, fight some more, and drive around. Leigh may have intended to portray tedious lifestyles here, but he doesn't go anywhere with them.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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