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All Good Things Reviews

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January 7, 2011
While the acting is superb and the film worth viewing, in this odd straddle between fact and fiction, the filmmakers miss the chance to bring more fictive power to the tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
January 6, 2011
It's a heavy, moody film, mimicking in its form something of the mental state of its central character, which is a nifty trick.
Read More | Original Score: B-
January 6, 2011
a rather meticulously-detailed period piece that fails almost completely to offer up any human interest in its pursuit of human truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 5, 2011
...little more than 100 minutes of this-then-that storytelling that offers up a possible (even believable) explanation for its unsolved murder-mystery, but leaves the audience wholly unsatisfied with and unmoved by its conclusions.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 3, 2011
It also feels like one man's attempt to try another in the court of cinema, or perhaps correct the course of justice itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 3, 2011
Director Andrew Jarecki, who made his name with the documentary Capturing the Friedmans, is less successful at limning family dysfunctionality in the fictional mode.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 30, 2010
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.
December 29, 2010
It describes a marriage that looks fine at first, but slowly turns into hell. It shows a man who seems pretty normal at first, but who later seems to turn into a psychopathic killer.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 26, 2010
Beset with a series of miscalculated dramatic misfires, the film is a melodramatic adaptation of a tabloid-style 20/20 murder-mystery, wearyingly overstuffed with baroque detail in an effort to prop up its legitimacy.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
December 25, 2010
In his first fictional feature, [Jarecki ] can't decide whether to opt for the open-ended inquiry of a non-fiction film or the resolved storytelling of Hollywood genre movie, so he winds up stranded in between.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 24, 2010
The second half is at once unconventional and straightforward -- the former because of the actual content, the latter in terms of structure in which it's presented.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 24, 2010
Despite another fascinating performance by Gosling,...Andrew Jarecki's picture doesn't meld its mixture of fact, speculation, psychoanalysis and brooding atmosphere into a convincing whole.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 23, 2010
Gosling and co-stars Kirsten Dunst and Frank Langella don't do anything wrong here but the movie is such a mash-up of tones, fiction, and reality that it never comes together into anything coherent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 23, 2010
Kirsten Dunst is so good here as a woman at a loss to understand who her husband really is, and what the true nature of his family involves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 23, 2010
If you see only one Ryan Gosling movie this holiday season, make it Andrew Jarecki's "All Good Things."
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 23, 2010
Too bad it's not a doc, which might have revealed the secrecy and confusion that led to such a legendary case remaining unsolved.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 22, 2010
The story is certainly scintillating. ... But Jarecki utilizes courtroom testimony to frame the narrative ... a gimmick that rings disingenuous in the final analysis.
December 22, 2010
You never feel you can trust that Jarecki knows what he's doing, which becomes even more problematic when the movie asks us to believe its theory about an unsolved crime.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 22, 2010
"All Good Things" has the eerie power of a nightmare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 22, 2010
As excellent as Gosling is - and the actor conveys the stillness of the man as well as the voices screaming in his head - Dunst matches him stride for stride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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