All or Nothing Reviews

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Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 3, 2011
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
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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
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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.
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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
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
November 15, 2002
The film feels uncomfortably real, its language and locations bearing the unmistakable stamp of authority.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
November 15, 2002
Leigh makes these lives count. And he allows a gawky actor like Spall -- who could too easily become comic relief in any other film -- to reveal his impressively delicate range.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 8, 2002
It's a challenging film, one that rewards the committed filmgoer.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
November 7, 2002
The more you think about the movie, the more you will probably like it.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 1, 2002
With one exception, every blighter in this particular South London housing project digs into dysfunction like it's a big, comforting jar of Marmite, to be slathered on crackers and served as a feast of bleakness.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 1, 2002
Leigh has created another remarkable work, up there with his best.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
November 1, 2002
Leigh's sympathy for the working poor is unmistakable and unassailable, but the tragic grandeur with which he imbues their pain hovers dangerously close to condescension.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 1, 2002
The resolution -- which I won't describe, as it's something to see -- is extremely moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
November 1, 2002
We're back on the social and emotional turf that Leigh knows best.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
November 1, 2002
Everything you've come to expect, and cherish, in a Mike Leigh movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 1, 2002
These people are real as few movie characters ever are.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 1, 2002
Grueling, heavy-handed, and surprisingly insight-free.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
October 31, 2002
Leigh's daring here is that without once denying the hardscrabble lives of people on the economic fringes of Margaret Thatcher's ruinous legacy, he insists on the importance of those moments when people can connect and express their love for each other.
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
October 31, 2002
These characters are beyond hope -- and caring about.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
October 31, 2002
A triumph, a film that hews out a world and carries us effortlessly from darkness to light.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 29, 2002
It's so realistic and the performances are so dead on.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 25, 2002
Leigh isn't breaking new ground, but he knows how a daily grind can kill love.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Megan Turner
New York Post
October 25, 2002
It's easy to succumb to the rhythms of this melancholic but humanistic rumination on the meaning of life.
| Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 24, 2002
[Generosity] seems to resonate in Andrew Dickson's sweet, melancholy score, in Dick Pope's tactfully beautiful images and in every frame of this sad, resolute film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
October 24, 2002
A tough go, but Leigh's depth and rigor, and his skill at inspiring accomplished portrayals that are all the more impressive for their lack of showiness, offsets to a notable degree the film's often-mined and despairing milieu.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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John Patterson
L.A. Weekly
October 24, 2002
A strangely stirring experience that finds warmth in the coldest environment and makes each crumb of emotional comfort feel like a 10-course banquet.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
October 22, 2002
Leigh uses a somber cello-rich score to infuse this quotidian suffering with a mystical edge and high-culture gloss -- and yet, thanks to the generally enthusiastic performing, the movie borders on farce.
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Mike D'Angelo
Time Out
June 29, 2002
If every artist's misfires were this strong, life would be almost too wonderful to bear.
| Original Score: 62/100
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
May 18, 2002
An often deeply moving depiction of the brittle lives of several inhabitants of the same London housing complex.