• R, 1 hr. 47 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Phil Morrison
    In Theaters:
    Oct 4, 2013 Limited
    On DVD:
    Nov 18, 2013
  • Anchor Bay Films


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All Is Bright Reviews

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Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

This is of the "nice" variety of movies and makes for an off beat Christmas flick.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: C+

November 17, 2013
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

a dark comedy that's not often funny, but this quirky character piece has real heart.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B-

November 16, 2013
J. Hoberman
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You might think you can see where Almost Christmas is heading but it never quite loses its acerbic edge or goes emotionally blooey.

Full Review Source: ARTINFO.com

October 7, 2013
Ronnie Scheib
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This engaging if somewhat underwhelming tale of unlikely redemption builds a funny-sad web of intersecting interactions around its strong central perfs.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 7, 2013
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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The film is happy to observe wryly as boredom and failure threaten to overwhelm the men.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

October 7, 2013
Caryn James
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All is Bright is unsugary, a small out-of-season miracle.

Full Review Source: James on screenS

October 7, 2013
Alonso Duralde
Linoleum Knife

For people who like their Christmas movies set under slate-grey skies.

Full Review Source: Linoleum Knife

October 6, 2013
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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The film has an accomplished mood of cantankerous despair, but it's still little more than downbeat fluff.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

October 4, 2013
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media

Oddly touching Christmas tale about ex-con, jilted love.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

October 4, 2013
Robert Levin

The story is low-key and quiet, performed by big-time actors acting for the sake of their craft, not a major paycheck or a higher profile.

Full Review Source: amNewYork | Original Score: 3/4

October 4, 2013
Matt Donato
We Got This Covered

All Is Bright proves that two Pauls are better than one, as Giamatti and Rudd turn a holiday story with little cheer into a buddy dramedy with an entertaining Canadian twist.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 6/10

October 4, 2013
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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"All Is Bright" isn't - and was never meant to be - a major cinematic gift to audiences. But as a little stocking stuffer, and nostalgic recollection of how movies used to be, it often has its own small and quite welcome delights.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 4, 2013
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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In its own strange way, "All Is Bright" pulls you in even as it frustrates.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

October 3, 2013
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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With its affection for downscale characters who dart in and out of the men's lives, "All Is Bright" has an openheartedness reminiscent of a Preston Sturges film.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

October 3, 2013
Andrew O'Hehir
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[Its] flaws pretty much disappear against the powerful and pervasive mood of working-class sadness, and the sense that the holiday season for grown-ups is almost always about loss and sacrifice.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

October 2, 2013
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine

A small but thoroughly engaging dramatic comedy...Paul Giamatti is one of our great screen actors, a poet of frustration and regret with a wide range.

Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine

October 2, 2013
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

Like the advent calendar Rene gives to Michi to count down the days to Christmas, the film holds a surprising number of sweet treats, despite its austere veneer.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 4/5

April 24, 2013
Eric Melin

Morrison films this redemptive story - which has some hard-to-swallow moments - with a dusty gray palette that suits its characters and masquerades the story's more obvious sentimentality.

Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com | Original Score: 2/4

November 22, 2013
Chris Sawin

"All is Bright is nothing more than empty threats and bottomless desires haphazardly thrown together around a more interesting event that you never get to see.

Full Review Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 4/10

November 19, 2013
Jeff Beck

Overall, it's truly as exciting as you'd think watching two people sell Christmas trees would be, even if those two people are Paul Giamatti and Paul Rudd.

Full Review Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 2/5

November 18, 2013
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