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All Good Things (2010)

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32

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 103
Fresh: 33 | Rotten: 70

It's well-acted, and the true story that inspired it offers plenty of drama -- which is why it's so frustrating that All Good Things is so clichéd and frustratingly ambiguous.

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Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 22

It's well-acted, and the true story that inspired it offers plenty of drama -- which is why it's so frustrating that All Good Things is so clichéd and frustratingly ambiguous.

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Inspired by the most notorious missing person's case in New York history, ALL GOOD THINGS is a love story and murder mystery set against the backdrop of a New York real estate dynasty in the 1980s. Produced and directed by Andrew Jarecki (director of the Academy Award-nominated doc Capturing the Friedmans and producer of Catfish), the film was inspired by the story of Robert Durst, scion of the wealthy Durst family. Mr. Durst was suspected but never tried for killing his wife Kathie who

Mar 29, 2011

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The Duel drops us into a pool of languid provincial life ( ... ) Kosashvili gets the delicate falling ending of short fiction that is so hard to achieve on screen.

November 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

Ryan Gosling is sadly miscast as the villain in this poorly-written drama.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

It's not a glossy crime thriller, it's not a Freudian family study, it's not the tale of a doomed romance. It's a sloppy mishmash of all those things that adds up to nothing at all.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

David (Gosling) finds potential salvation in Katie (Kirsten Dunst), a free spirit so saintlike that she verges on caricature.

June 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

Generally interesting but lost in the year-end shuffle

August 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

Jarecki never settles on what kind of story he wants to tell with these elements, and despite good performances, "All Good Things" veers awkwardly from love story to tragedy, from true-life mystery to black comedy.

March 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

One can't help but think that veteran documentarian Jarecki chose to rework this material as drama to benefit his career, not the story. The result is a disjointed art film that opts for ambiguity over clarity...

January 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

...a movie suspended between bold novelistic invention and journalistic reserve. Be it demerit or credit, Jarecki is no Truman Capote and All Good Things is no In Cold Blood.

January 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Dunst shines brightly and puts on an acting showcase worthy of awards recognition in the supporting actress category. The picture loses its luster when her character disappears.

January 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

All Good Things is curiously underwhelming.

January 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

While the acting is superb and the film worth viewing, in this odd straddle between fact and fiction, the filmmakers miss the chance to bring more fictive power to the tale.

January 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Indie Movies Online
Indie Movies Online

It's a heavy, moody film, mimicking in its form something of the mental state of its central character, which is a nifty trick.

January 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

a rather meticulously-detailed period piece that fails almost completely to offer up any human interest in its pursuit of human truth.

January 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

...little more than 100 minutes of this-then-that storytelling that offers up a possible (even believable) explanation for its unsolved murder-mystery, but leaves the audience wholly unsatisfied with and unmoved by its conclusions.

January 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

It describes a marriage that looks fine at first, but slowly turns into hell. It shows a man who seems pretty normal at first, but who later seems to turn into a psychopathic killer.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Audience Reviews for All Good Things

I've been looking forward to Andrew Jarecki's first feature since Capturing the Friedmans came out. He also executive produced Catfish, so exploring a notorious true story such as this got me, and a lot of other people excited. Unfortunately it's a little thin round the edges. I love Ryan Gosling but he didn't really bring anything to the role here, unless he acted exactly like Robert Durst does, someone please correct me if this is the case but what I saw was a passionless performance. Everyone else did a good job but the slow paced first half meant that the exciting and unpredictable second half came with a disjointed jolt. I don't feel a lot of things were explained very well, theories weren't explored and certain unimportant moments seemed to drag in some scenes while years passed in seconds in others. I liked it but the twists could have been handled better and the theories developed or even explained a little more clearly. I felt at times that they were worried about being sued too much, went to say something and then didn't. Good but a little frustrating.
April 12, 2013
SirPant

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Based on a true story, which is apparently the most notorious missing person's case in New York history, this is a film about love, secrets, darkness and a murder mystery going from the 1970s to 2002, and covering locations such as all over New York, Vermont, and Texas.

Katie is a nice, attractive blonde who happens to fall in love with David Marks, the charming and handsome oldest son of Stanford Marks, a super wealthy real estate guru who owns half of Times Square. Thigns start off well enough for David and Katie, but then he feels pressured to give in to his father's wishes and do as he's expected by being a part of the family business instead of trying to live a normal life like the kind Katie is used to.

As time goes on, David becomes increasingly more moody, withdrawn and violent, and as the relationship really starts to decline, it all comes to a head when Katie disappears without a trace in 1982, with no conclusion ever being reached, which holds true to the story this is all based on.

The past few years have been dominated by Gosling, with him being a part of a number of films, in a variety of roles. This one is probably the darkest and creepiest of the bunch, and it is some very compelling and eerie stuff. This film has romance, but it's mostly a thriller, and I liked that.

It's not without it's faults though. At one point Katie says "I've never been closer to anyone, yet I know nothing about you!" or something along those lines. Well, that's how it is for the audience too. We really don't truly know all that much about David, or why he is the way he is, and does what he does. We get glimpses and clues, sure, but I'm not entirely convinced that even the director knows what to make of him. Also, and perhaps this is due to the fact that the real case is still unsolved, this just kidna ends without really much of a resolution, or at least a concrete one. However, even then, this still held my attention, and kept me glued to the screen, so hats off there.

Gosling is great as David. He's creepy, compelling, and you really aren't sure what he'll do next. As Katie, Kirsten Dunst is tremendous. This is a standout role for her, and it shows her taking some previously unwitnessed risks and direction with her career. She does great at playing troubled and scared, and she even briefly has her first nude scene. It's not much, but she looks good and gets through it just fine. Here's to hoping that, given the right part, she'll be willing to bare herself again in future films. Frank Langella is chilling and stunning as David's cold, powerful father. He's a jerk, yet he's not completely wrong with his views. He's flawed, but well rounded. It's also fun seeing Nick Offerman and Kristen Wiig make brief appearances playing against type, and seeing Philip BAker Hall banter about with Gosling was also a treat.

The film is a little unfocused and disjointed, but once it gets going, it's quite a ride that offers several moments of dread, atmosphere, and juicy mystery.
August 4, 2012
cosmo313
Chris Weber

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Good, but had an unsatisfying ending. (which obviously can't be helped since it was based on a true story and the truth was never found out there either. I so hope Katie ran away and disappeared, but sadly it seems pretty likely she was murdered.
Kirsten Dunst and Ryan Gosling are both great here. I did feel that Kirsten really made this movie and it got duller once she disappeared, but still an interesting and creepy story. Really makes you pity what some women feel they have to put up with in a relationship.
March 24, 2012
romy861

Super Reviewer

David Marks: Look at her. I swear to God, I didn't even know that people like her existed. She's perfect. 

"The Perfect Love Story. Until It Became The Perfect Crime."

I expected a lot from All Good Things, maybe a little too much. The story was intriguing and the film has Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst in it. The film is well acted by them, but their performances aren't enough to lift this film above watchable. The film is bleak and dark, and it should be, so it did get the mood right. But it was also extremely dull. I never felt suspense or even felt like director Andrew Jarecki wanted the viewer to feel anything towards the story. 

The story is based on a true story. David is the son of a rich and successful man, but his life has been nothing great. He watched his mother jump to her death when he was seven years old and, as one would expect, it messed him up pretty severely. He meets Katie when he goes over to look at a sink leak in her apartment and they hit it off, and end up getting married. Neither of the couples families are ecstatic about the marriage, especially David's father. Then from there the plot goes from a loving couple to marital problems quickly. It never feels like the couple loved each other, even as David says how perfect Katie is.

I wouldn't go as far as to say the movie isn't well made because it is beautifully shot and the music is great. It is just that the overall feelings one should get from watching a movie about this subject is completely missing. After watching it, I was left feeling empty about this story. It wasn't chilling, but I could tell where it should have been. I never got a real feeling that Jarecki even cared about this subject. It seemed that he was just making it to kill some time or something.

It isn't totally worthless because nothing ever is, when it has either Gosling or Dunst. It is just disappointing because it never reaches a point where it feels like it should have gone.
October 29, 2011
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Melvin White

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    1. Katie Marks: Ever thought about having children?
    – Submitted by Brendan G (22 months ago)
    1. Katie Marks: I've never been closer to anyone, and I don't know you at all.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Stanford Marks: She's never going to be one of us.
    2. David Marks: I know. Isn't that great?
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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