There's the backbone of a better film here, it just needs some ornaments.
Impassively paced, lacking a forward narrative engine and nowhere near as fun or comical as it should be, the picture even lacks dynamic chemistry between the otherwise usually effervescent Paul Rudd and Paul Giamatti.
| Original Score: C
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
"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.
| Original Score: 4/10
I almost recommend seeing "Almost Christmas."
| Original Score: 5/10
You laugh neither with nor at these people -- you just hang on and hope their depression doesn't bring you down with them.
A holiday tale that sabotages its seriousness with humor that's both dire and out of place.
It's difficult to be a Grinch about such a harmless endeavor, yet without a pulse, the movie can't offer a beating heart.
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
This strangely dark comedy is a wistful, joyless, forgettable interlude.
Worth enduring only for a rare lead performance by Paul Giamatti, whose expert delineation of rage and frustration lends form to Morrison's otherwise shapeless script.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
The film remains engaging, for the most part, but most of the big narrative turns feel both predictable and forced, and at odds with the natural charms of the cast.
Giamatti merely offers another variation on the irascible persona he's been cultivating since Sideways, while Rudd is ultimately defeated by his character's shapelessness.
| Original Score: C+
It's certainly missing some holiday cheer.
A film that veers between caustic comedy, melodrama, and heartstring-tugging, without finding the spark of sympathy that would hold the film together.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
a relatively lackluster dark comedy that is elevated several notches by Giamatti's cantankerous presence
| Original Score: 2.5/4
The entire enterprise feels as phony as a fake Yule tree
Does anybody connected with this cinematic Valium know what they're supposed to be doing? The alleged "comedy" is too lame to make you laugh, and the poignancy is nonexistent.
| Original Score: 1/4
The cinematic equivalent of a half-baked fruitcake.
Has it's moments, and Giamatti & Rudd are always worth watching. Overall though, it's uneven and draggy.