All Good Things


All Good Things

Critics Consensus

It's well-acted, and the true story that inspired it offers plenty of drama -- which is why it's so frustrating that All Good Things is so clichéd and frustratingly ambiguous.



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Inspired by the most notorious missing person's case in New York history, ALL GOOD THINGS is a love story and murder mystery set against the backdrop of a New York real estate dynasty in the 1980s. Produced and directed by Andrew Jarecki (director of the Academy Award-nominated doc Capturing the Friedmans and producer of Catfish), the film was inspired by the story of Robert Durst, scion of the wealthy Durst family. Mr. Durst was suspected but never tried for killing his wife Kathie who disappeared in 1982 and was never found. The film stars Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst and Frank Langella as the powerful patriarch, and captures the emotion and complexion of this real-life unsolved mystery. -- (C) Magnolia

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Ryan Gosling
as David Marks
Kirsten Dunst
as Katie Marks
Frank Langella
as Sanford Marks
Lily Rabe
as Deborah Lehrman
Philip Baker Hall
as Malvern Bump
Diane Verona
as Janice Rizzo
Michael Esper
as Daniel Marks
Diane Venora
as Janice Rizzo
Nick Offerman
as Jim McCarthy
Kristen Wiig
as Lauren Fleck
Stephen Kunken
as Todd Fleck
John Cullum
as Richard Panatierre
Maggie Kiley
as Mary McCarthy
Liz Stauber
as Sharon McCarthy
Marion McCorry
as Ann McCarthy
Mia Dillon
as Katie's Aunt
Tom Kemp
as Katie's Uncle
Trini Alvarado
as Sarah Davis
Tom Riis Farrell
as Barry Davis
Bruce Norris
as Brian Callender
Francie Swift
as Kelly Callender
Glenn Fleshler
as Sidney Greenhaus
Stephen Singer
as Solly Sachs
Francis Guinan
as Daniel Patrick Moynihan
Ellen Sexton
as Moynihan's Wife
William Jackson Harper
as Moynihan's Assistant
Pamela Tyson
as Lula Baxter
Ashlie Atkinson
as Bonnie Felder
Donna Bullock
as Divorce Attorney
Pamala Tyson
as Lula Baxter
Julie Moran
as Herself
Diane Kagan
as Scream Therapist
Barbara Ann Davison
as Woman at Baby Shower
Lanny Flaherty
as Rooming House Landlord
Robert Clohessy
as Building Superintendent
Lázaro Pérez
as Building Elevator Operator
Michelle Hurst
as Newscaster
Craig Walker
as Assistant District Attorney
Lola Pashalinski
as Woman at Luxor
Jerry Grayson
as Man at Luxor
Anthony Torn
as Theater Manager
Zoe Lister-Jones
as Press Conference Reporter
Tristan Comeau
as Young David
Amelia Martin
as David's Mother
Matthew Floyd Miller
as Young Sanford
Peter Becerra
as Officer at Search
Mary A. Kelly
as Vermont Realtor
Jeong Kim
as Waiter at Disco
Andy Tsay
as Waiter
Ruel Jusi
as Butler
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Critic Reviews for All Good Things

All Critics (97) | Top Critics (30)

  • The film is so busy working hard to convict one rather shady character, it never convinces us of its own reason to exist.

    Mar 23, 2015 | Rating: 2/4
  • There's a fascinating story here for a bolder filmmaker, but after so much meandering it's a relief that All Good Things must come to an end.

    Jan 31, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Jarecki knows how to make scenes of boisterous family reunions and quiet moments between lovers engaging: He fares less well, though, when the story takes a dark turn.

    Jan 20, 2011 | Rating: 2/4
  • It also feels like one man's attempt to try another in the court of cinema, or perhaps correct the course of justice itself.

    Jan 3, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

    Top Critic
  • Director Andrew Jarecki, who made his name with the documentary Capturing the Friedmans, is less successful at limning family dysfunctionality in the fictional mode.

    Jan 3, 2011 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • The unsolved crime turns out to be less mysterious than the mind of the killer, nervily portrayed by Gosling as not evil but unaccountably empty.

    Dec 30, 2010 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for All Good Things

  • May 09, 2016
    It is curious to see that they changed the names of everyone involved in the Robert Durst case when even the character's sworn statement in court is exactly the same, and this is a dark, heavy drama about how people you think you know can change - or show who they truly are.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 19, 2015
    Pretty awful. This film is so incredibly disjointed...I have no idea what direction it's even going in. It's so confusing and stupid. Do not watch this film.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 30, 2013
    Based on a true story, All Good Things is a macabre and disturbing film about the dark side of humanity. The story follows David Marks, the son of a New York real estate mogul, who physically and psychologically abuses his wife, and becomes the prime suspect when she mysteriously disappears without a trace. That cast is led by Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, and Frank Langella, who all deliver solid performances. But the film's so bleak that it's hard to get invested in. While All Good Things has an interesting story, it's not told in a compelling way.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 22, 2012
    "All Good Things" starts with David Marks(Ryan Gosling), under questioning, recalling his memories in 8mm. Of particular interest is when he met Katie(Kirsten Dunst), who has just moved to New York City from Mineola, in 1972 in a valiant attempt to repair her plumbing, before inviting her to a soiree to meet his very disapproving father(Frank Langella). David and Katie quickly fall in love and move to Vermont where they open a health food store but he is lured back to New York by his slumlord father to be a bag man. When asked by Katie, David mentions his firm intention to never have kids. "All Good Things" has certain things going for it like restrained performances and the excellent period detail such as the good old days of 42nd Street. But man is this movie a hard slog to get through, for most of it. Nowhere does it say in depecting a miserable marriage that a movie also has to make the viewer just as unhappy. As inspired by a true story, the screenplay fails to make much of a case, either criminally or behaviorally, as it desperately seeks a simple explanation for David's behavior. Even more problematic than the script is the editing, as the last 30 minutes, bughouse as they are, are the only part that truly comes alive and should have been used as a springboard for briefly recalling David's past life, in a sort of, aren't you the guy whose... ?
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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