• 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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Sarah Mankoff
Film Comment Magazine

There's the backbone of a better film here, it just needs some ornaments.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

November 4, 2013
Rodrigo Perez
The Playlist

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.

Full Review Source: The Playlist | Original Score: C

April 22, 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
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
Jordan Hoffman
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I almost recommend seeing "Almost Christmas."

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: 5/10

April 22, 2013
Tim Grierson
Paste Magazine

You laugh neither with nor at these people -- you just hang on and hope their depression doesn't bring you down with them.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine

October 1, 2013
Nick Schager
Village Voice
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A holiday tale that sabotages its seriousness with humor that's both dire and out of place.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 1, 2013
Brian Orndorf

It's difficult to be a Grinch about such a harmless endeavor, yet without a pulse, the movie can't offer a beating heart.

Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com | Original Score: C

October 3, 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
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate

This strangely dark comedy is a wistful, joyless, forgettable interlude.

Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate | Original Score: 4/10

October 3, 2013
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 4, 2013
Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

April 22, 2013
Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
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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.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

October 3, 2013
Todd Jorgenson

It's certainly missing some holiday cheer.

Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com

October 6, 2013
Tasha Robinson
The Dissolve

A film that veers between caustic comedy, melodrama, and heartstring-tugging, without finding the spark of sympathy that would hold the film together.

Full Review Source: The Dissolve | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 16, 2013
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a relatively lackluster dark comedy that is elevated several notches by Giamatti's cantankerous presence

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 20, 2013
David Noh
Film Journal International

The entire enterprise feels as phony as a fake Yule tree

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

October 14, 2013
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 1/4

October 2, 2013
David Fear
Time Out New York
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The cinematic equivalent of a half-baked fruitcake.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

October 1, 2013
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Has it's moments, and Giamatti & Rudd are always worth watching. Overall though, it's uneven and draggy.

Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium | Original Score: 5/10

October 2, 2013
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