All Good Things Reviews
In contrast to the critics' opinions, I think the key to this story is Ryan Gosling's acting. Not an actor I've ever really rated before, he is really spooky and believable as the hyper-controlled and very disturbed main character. In the final segment of the film he goes off the rails very nicely, too.
There are lots of nice noir notes in the presentation, which set the story on edge without ever going over the top. Kirsten Dunst is convincing, if bland.
One of those perfectly fine films that somehow still only amounts to a lot of effort put into a story that by the end simply isn't really worth it. There's at times a TV movie of the week feel to this; although it's a decent quality TV movie with plenty of period detail and a strong leading roles. Gosling's character is a very hard character to get behind, and that's even before he becomes overly shady. There are some twists and turns to the story, and by the end Gosling's character's behaviour is very odd adding some much needed interest, but it just isn't enough to make this a small step up from ordinary and forgettable.
Some said that Ryan Gosling was miscast. I believe the otherwise. With the risk of inviting scorn from his fans/admirers, I find him to be one of the most uncharismatic and bland actors. His is not a bad actor, no, I just find him a completely unremarkable one. I've seen him in "Drive", "The Believer" and "Murder By Numbers" and in neither of them was I impressed by his performance.
The film's performances are accurate and it the film is rather well crafted, yet some might find it ambiguous to the point of irritation.
Overall, "All good things" does a fine job, even if, given what I said earlier and the fact that sometimes it goes off the rails(I can't put my finger on it, but there were moments that felt completely uninspired), it will remain, somehow, in the shadows.