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All Is Bright Reviews

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Sarah Mankoff
Film Comment Magazine
November 4, 2013
There's the backbone of a better film here, it just needs some ornaments.
Rodrigo Perez
The Playlist
April 22, 2013
Impassively paced, lacking a forward narrative engine and nowhere near as fun or comical as it should be, the picture even lacks dynamic chemistry between the otherwise usually effervescent Paul Rudd and Paul Giamatti.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeff Beck
November 18, 2013
Overall, it's truly as exciting as you'd think watching two people sell Christmas trees would be, even if those two people are Paul Giamatti and Paul Rudd.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chris Sawin
November 19, 2013
"All is Bright is nothing more than empty threats and bottomless desires haphazardly thrown together around a more interesting event that you never get to see.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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.
Top Critic
Jordan Hoffman
April 22, 2013
I almost recommend seeing "Almost Christmas."
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Tim Grierson
Paste Magazine
October 1, 2013
You laugh neither with nor at these people -- you just hang on and hope their depression doesn't bring you down with them.
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
October 1, 2013
A holiday tale that sabotages its seriousness with humor that's both dire and out of place.
Brian Orndorf
October 3, 2013
It's difficult to be a Grinch about such a harmless endeavor, yet without a pulse, the movie can't offer a beating heart.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Eric Melin
November 22, 2013
Morrison films this redemptive story - which has some hard-to-swallow moments - with a dusty gray palette that suits its characters and masquerades the story's more obvious sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
October 3, 2013
This strangely dark comedy is a wistful, joyless, forgettable interlude.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Top Critic
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 4, 2013
Worth enduring only for a rare lead performance by Paul Giamatti, whose expert delineation of rage and frustration lends form to Morrison's otherwise shapeless script.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine
April 22, 2013
The film remains engaging, for the most part, but most of the big narrative turns feel both predictable and forced, and at odds with the natural charms of the cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
October 3, 2013
Giamatti merely offers another variation on the irascible persona he's been cultivating since Sideways, while Rudd is ultimately defeated by his character's shapelessness.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Todd Jorgenson
October 6, 2013
It's certainly missing some holiday cheer.
Tasha Robinson
The Dissolve
September 16, 2013
A film that veers between caustic comedy, melodrama, and heartstring-tugging, without finding the spark of sympathy that would hold the film together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
October 20, 2013
a relatively lackluster dark comedy that is elevated several notches by Giamatti's cantankerous presence
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Fear
Time Out
October 1, 2013
The cinematic equivalent of a half-baked fruitcake.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
October 2, 2013
Has it's moments, and Giamatti & Rudd are always worth watching. Overall though, it's uneven and draggy.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 2, 2013
Does anybody connected with this cinematic Valium know what they're supposed to be doing? The alleged "comedy" is too lame to make you laugh, and the poignancy is nonexistent.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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