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All The Light In The Sky

All The Light In The Sky (2013)

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83

Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 1

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Adams (Happiness, HBO's "Hung," Little Children, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, among countless others) stars as an actress living in Malibu who faces harsh realities of the industry as her age exempts her from more and more acting opportunities. Amidst this career and life crisis enters the actress's niece, played by Sophia Takal (Green, Gabi on the Roof in July, V/H/S), who arrives for a weekend stay and ushers in a complex prism of emotional insecurities. Can the actress confront her

Unrated,

Drama, Comedy

Joe Swanberg, Jane Adams (II), Jane Adams

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Where the film excels is in capturing the quiet revelations in Marie's life over the few days it chronicles - revelations that represent the aftermath of choices made years before, when expectations were higher.

December 20, 2013 Full Review Source: NPR
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Without preaching, "All the Light in the Sky" poses questions that are worth asking, even if we know the answers.

December 19, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Swanberg ... has a knack for catching human behavior at its most unguarded.

December 19, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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Anyone who has lived in Los Angeles for more than a few years will recognize the character type Adams plays here, though it's never been articulated quite so well on film.

December 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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[A] tediously naturalistic and fairly pointless no-budget indie about the compromises of middle-aged femininity.

December 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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With his solar measurements and celestial allusions, the real-life environmental entrepreneur David Siskind gives the drama a cosmic context, and Swanberg-who is also the cinematographer-makes luminous images to match.

November 25, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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For a filmmaker whose work is mostly about the overdue onset of adulthood, it makes sense that Swanberg's first film to zero in on the subject of aging is only interested in middle age as the flipside of youth on the existential coin.

January 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

Clearly, this is a film dear to her heart as it touches on aging and the superficiality of Hollywood, but this formless, momentum-free indie isn't just a snoozer, it's downright comatose.

January 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Adams, yet again, commands the screen with authenticity and simplicity, but the film lacks commitment.

December 21, 2013 Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com
RogerEbert.com

Without any apparent sweat, 'All the Light in the Sky' is pretty cosmic.

December 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Metro
Metro

A minor effort in a filmography largely composed of them, "All the Light in the Sky" is nonetheless satisfying on the terms it establishes early on.

December 20, 2013 Full Review Source: indieWIRE
indieWIRE

In Joe Swanberg's disaffected little film, the drama is never explicit, or even fully conscious.

December 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

The film's nondescript depictions of quotidian life gel into a big-picture story of humanity's brief spark of presence in an infinite universe. That Swanberg and...Jane Adams do this without the least bit of pomposity is a pretty damn neat trick.

December 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

No shot looks like it was set up, and, fictional names aside, it's never clear whether actors are speaking in-character or voicing their own opinions.

December 19, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club

Proof that the ultra-low-budget, character-driven, true indie spirit of Joe Swanberg has not eroded in the slightest.

December 18, 2013 Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com
HollywoodChicago.com

It's casual, but also quietly moving.

December 18, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

Lovely. The beautifully-shot film is observant, gently adult and wryly funny.

November 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Dearest
Movie Dearest

All the Light in the Sky is a deeply moving and well-written collaboration about some of the blunders and wonders we face in life.

November 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Twitch
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