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All Is Bright Reviews

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Clayton Davis
AwardsCircuit.com
September 14, 2014
Phil Morrison's direction and choices aren't as bold or as inventive as his styles in Junebug. The story doesn't lend itself to those traits that made him a quiet sensation in the mid-2000s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 4, 2014
An amoral dark comedy set during the Christmas season.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 17, 2013
This is of the "nice" variety of movies and makes for an off beat Christmas flick.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 16, 2013
a dark comedy that's not often funny, but this quirky character piece has real heart.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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J. Hoberman
ARTINFO.com
October 7, 2013
You might think you can see where Almost Christmas is heading but it never quite loses its acerbic edge or goes emotionally blooey.
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
October 7, 2013
This engaging if somewhat underwhelming tale of unlikely redemption builds a funny-sad web of intersecting interactions around its strong central perfs.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
October 7, 2013
The film is happy to observe wryly as boredom and failure threaten to overwhelm the men.
Caryn James
James on screenS
October 7, 2013
All is Bright is unsugary, a small out-of-season miracle.
Alonso Duralde
Linoleum Knife
October 6, 2013
For people who like their Christmas movies set under slate-grey skies.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 4, 2013
The film has an accomplished mood of cantankerous despair, but it's still little more than downbeat fluff.
Full Review | Original Score: B
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
October 4, 2013
Oddly touching Christmas tale about ex-con, jilted love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert Levin
amNewYork
October 4, 2013
The story is low-key and quiet, performed by big-time actors acting for the sake of their craft, not a major paycheck or a higher profile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Donato
We Got This Covered
October 4, 2013
All Is Bright proves that two Pauls are better than one, as Giamatti and Rudd turn a holiday story with little cheer into a buddy dramedy with an entertaining Canadian twist.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 4, 2013
"All Is Bright" isn't - and was never meant to be - a major cinematic gift to audiences. But as a little stocking stuffer, and nostalgic recollection of how movies used to be, it often has its own small and quite welcome delights.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
October 3, 2013
In its own strange way, "All Is Bright" pulls you in even as it frustrates.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
October 3, 2013
With its affection for downscale characters who dart in and out of the men's lives, "All Is Bright" has an openheartedness reminiscent of a Preston Sturges film.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
October 2, 2013
[Its] flaws pretty much disappear against the powerful and pervasive mood of working-class sadness, and the sense that the holiday season for grown-ups is almost always about loss and sacrifice.
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
October 2, 2013
A small but thoroughly engaging dramatic comedy...Paul Giamatti is one of our great screen actors, a poet of frustration and regret with a wide range.
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
April 24, 2013
Like the advent calendar Rene gives to Michi to count down the days to Christmas, the film holds a surprising number of sweet treats, despite its austere veneer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 8, 2015
"All Is Bright" is reminiscent of those utterly forgettable Canadian movies bankrolled on the government dime in the name of cultural preservation.
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