All The Light In The Sky Reviews

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Dan Sullivan
Film Comment Magazine
January 14, 2014
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.
Top Critic
December 20, 2013
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.
Matt Prigge
Metro
December 20, 2013
Without any apparent sweat, 'All the Light in the Sky' is pretty cosmic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
December 20, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 19, 2013
Without preaching, "All the Light in the Sky" poses questions that are worth asking, even if we know the answers.
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
December 19, 2013
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.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
December 19, 2013
Swanberg ... has a knack for catching human behavior at its most unguarded.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
December 19, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Andrew Barker
Variety
December 18, 2013
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.
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
December 18, 2013
Proof that the ultra-low-budget, character-driven, true indie spirit of Joe Swanberg has not eroded in the slightest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5.0
Nathan Rabin
The Dissolve
December 18, 2013
It's casual, but also quietly moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
November 25, 2013
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.
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
November 13, 2012
Lovely. The beautifully-shot film is observant, gently adult and wryly funny.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Chase Whale
TwitchFilm
November 6, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Travis Hopson
Examiner.com
January 1, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Sheila O'Malley
RogerEbert.com
December 21, 2013
Adams, yet again, commands the screen with authenticity and simplicity, but the film lacks commitment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Diego Costa
Slant Magazine
December 19, 2013
In Joe Swanberg's disaffected little film, the drama is never explicit, or even fully conscious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Inkoo Kang
Village Voice
December 17, 2013
[A] tediously naturalistic and fairly pointless no-budget indie about the compromises of middle-aged femininity.
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