All Is Bright Reviews

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J. Hoberman
ARTINFO.com
October 7, 2013
You might think you can see where Almost Christmas is heading but it never quite loses its acerbic edge or goes emotionally blooey.
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
October 7, 2013
This engaging if somewhat underwhelming tale of unlikely redemption builds a funny-sad web of intersecting interactions around its strong central perfs.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
October 7, 2013
The film is happy to observe wryly as boredom and failure threaten to overwhelm the men.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 4, 2013
The film has an accomplished mood of cantankerous despair, but it's still little more than downbeat fluff.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 4, 2013
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 4, 2013
"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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
October 3, 2013
In its own strange way, "All Is Bright" pulls you in even as it frustrates.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
October 3, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
October 3, 2013
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 | Original Score: C+
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
October 2, 2013
[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.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 2, 2013
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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David Fear
Time Out
October 1, 2013
The cinematic equivalent of a half-baked fruitcake.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
October 1, 2013
A holiday tale that sabotages its seriousness with humor that's both dire and out of place.
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Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
April 22, 2013
I almost recommend seeing "Almost Christmas."
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10