All Is Lost

2013, Mystery & thriller/Adventure, 1h 45m

240 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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Anchored by another tremendous performance in a career full of them, All Is Lost offers a moving, eminently worthwhile testament to Robert Redford's ability to hold the screen. Read critic reviews

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During a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, a veteran mariner (Robert Redford) awakes to find his vessel taking on water after a collision with a stray shipping container. With his radio and navigation equipment disabled, he sails unknowingly into a violent storm and barely escapes with his life. With any luck, the ocean currents may carry him into a shipping lane -- but, with supplies dwindling and the sharks circling, the sailor is forced to face his own mortality.

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J.C. Chandor
Screenwriter
Anna Gerb
Producer
Cassian Elwes
Executive Producer
Laura Rister
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Glen Basner
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Joshua Blum
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Howard Cohen
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Eric d'Arbeloff
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Zachary Quinto
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Robert Ogden Barnum
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Kevin Turen
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Corey Moosa
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Frank G. DeMarco
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Peter Zuccarini
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John P. Goldsmith
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Critic Reviews for All Is Lost

All Critics (240) | Top Critics (72) | Fresh (226) | Rotten (14)

  • A vital, exciting piece of work from Mr. Redford, an actor whom you'd have been forgiven for counting out by now.

    June 18, 2016 | Full Review…
  • It's a rare example of pure cinema, and that, in itself, gives it a stature to which few Hollywood films these days aspire.

    February 28, 2014 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Chandor has produced a minimalist gem.

    February 28, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The film attains an operatic grandeur in its closing moments, and surprisingly earns it: Chandor's intensely physical, experiential work has brought us right up to the perilous edge between life and death.

    February 6, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Gravity's great weakness was the unnecessarily abundant corny dialogue. All Is Lost is makes no such compromises.

    January 1, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • [Redford] speaks barely a handful of lines in All Is Lost, but the film still manages to feel like an internal monologue, a conversation between one man and himself.

    December 26, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A vital, exciting piece of work from Mr. Redford, an actor whom you'd have been forgiven for counting out by now.

    June 18, 2016 | Full Review…
  • It's a rare example of pure cinema, and that, in itself, gives it a stature to which few Hollywood films these days aspire.

    February 28, 2014 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Chandor has produced a minimalist gem.

    February 28, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The film attains an operatic grandeur in its closing moments, and surprisingly earns it: Chandor's intensely physical, experiential work has brought us right up to the perilous edge between life and death.

    February 6, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The rest of the film is an almost entirely dialogue free exercise in man's determination and will to survive, a harrowing film that sees the tension ramp up as the runtime and specter of death increases...

    April 14, 2021 | Full Review…
  • All Is Lost is about man's struggle against the world and society. The problems that we face as we get older, highlighting that there is never a satisfying or easy answer, that happy endings aren't always guaranteed.

    March 17, 2021 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for All Is Lost

  • Jul 03, 2017
    Outstanding acting performance by Redford, the only person in the film and hardly speaking for over 90 minutes. His fight for survival is believable and realistic, albeit sometimes a little slow. Without spoiling anything: the final resolution is a bit of a let down.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 04, 2014
    Not a bad movie. Lots of suspense. I just feel like Robert Redford's facial expressions are limited to him frowning with his mouth closed, and the same with his mouth open. Thats it. It is also painstakingly slow and aggravating at the speed of the actor, and the decisions he makes with that speed.. But the water effects look amazing.
    Vincent T Super Reviewer
  • Mar 21, 2014
    Redford is really good in this dialogue-free film, but I gotta say my hat's off to the director. As I was watching, I noticed I was holding my breath at times. Really, an exceptional film.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 10, 2014
    Brilliant film and an amazing performance but going on previous history my friends are unlikely to agree with me in the same way they didn't for 127 Hours, Buried, Life Of Pi, Gravity, et all. As with the aforementioned films the majority of the time is spent with just one character in one location. This film is devoid of slow motion dual pistol wielding shootouts, rampaging herds of wildebeest and absolutely no scenes with axe wielding beardy midgets and mystical old wrinklies in oversized hats. The premise of the story is this, man on a small boat in the ocean hits container and is subsequently cast adrift with no means of communication. You don't know why he is there or even his name and that's about it. Our man (Robert Redford) has to grapple a number of situations that nature has to throw at him. Bit of a bummer really and he doesn't even have the dubious pleasure of having a Bengal Tiger on a raft to keep him company or Somali pirates for that matter. What makes this standout for me is that there is very little dialogue yet Redford manages to demonstrate exactly what he thinking. Vintage is not high enough praise for this performance. It gripped me from the off and never let me go. In a similar way to 127 Hours I liked the way All Is Lost highlights the various emotions (I presume) humans go through when faced with a life or death situation. How hope gives strength and also how despair can just as easily destroy this. And as for the end, well it's just the kind that I like in a story.
    Justin F Super Reviewer

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