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All Is Lost Reviews

December 16, 2013
Even Redford bailing water for 106 minutes can be a bit much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 10, 2013
This is an uncommonly absorbing movie.
November 7, 2013
We get the predictable plot points - storms, sharks, close calls with passing ships - but it feels like a uniquely handmade artifact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 7, 2013
All is Lost is a testament to a great actor, an experimental piece of cinema and a bit of a bore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 25, 2013
All Is Lost is very much Redford's triumph. His turn isn't pure disappearance so much as a brilliantly human example of cresting and plummeting, cresting and plummeting.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 25, 2013
The movie is rigorous, serious and well-crafted, with Redford holding the screen using only his economical emotional reactions and physical presence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 25, 2013
For all its formal austerity, All Is Lost also offers itself as a widescreen multiplex attraction, keeping all eyes glued on Our Man's dilemma, and every mind wondering if he'll manage to cheat death.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 25, 2013
Eventually, even the effort to survive becomes questionable. We are all isolated, we all succumb at some point. "All Is Lost" studies that point.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 24, 2013
Redford could win first Best Actor Oscar of his great career.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 24, 2013
All is Lost is about how human nature rebels against death, even when all hope is vanquished by adverse circumstances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 24, 2013
Chandor and Redford make every moment matter in this fascinating film (despite an ending that will divide audiences).
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 24, 2013
Robert Redford's true grit and some wizardly images, not the script, are what make this one-man survival epic ineluctably compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 24, 2013
One actor. One setting. No back story. No dialogue. One hell of a movie.
October 24, 2013
Even at the age of 77, Redford can command a screen, and he's the main reason to watch this man-against-nature story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 24, 2013
Redford brings the watchfulness that has served him so well to every moment of "All Is Lost," infusing what is already a perfectly entertaining adventure with rich veins of symbolism and meta-meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 24, 2013
Although you may never be bored with "All Is Lost," you are rarely fully engaged.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 24, 2013
Redford isn't precisely stretching his range as an actor here or revealing a new side to us. Rather, he's finding the cleanest, clearest way to express a quiet man's wiles and resources.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 24, 2013
This is gripping as an adventure story even if doesn't achieve the profundity to which it aspires.
October 24, 2013
A nearly perfect thing: Economic, elegant, and elemental, it's a cleanly observed tale of one man trying, choice by choice, to keep the odds going in his favor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 22, 2013
In lesser hands, his character's ordeal might have been portrayed with big punctuation marks and dramatic flourishes. Redford's reactions are honest, in tune with a man of the sea.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 18, 2013
J.C. Chandor knows what a jewel he has in Redford, and he creates an appropriately simple, transparent setting.
October 18, 2013
Chandor, within the confines he has set for himself, has done an excellent job of locking us into his hero's predicament.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 18, 2013
Here is a formidable opus whose real spiritual relative is Tennyson's "Ulysses". Yes. "All is Lost" is that good.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 18, 2013
A gripping experience ... with its circling sharks, its sun-dappled beauty and its agonies of shattered hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 18, 2013
A fascinating voyage across a vast ocean, and into the great uncharted waters of our selves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 17, 2013
"All Is Lost," which is only Chandor's second film, reveals itself as remarkably skillful, surprisingly insightful and deeply moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 17, 2013
Chandor proves that the elements, combined with the varied and subtle talents of a veteran actor, are all that is needed to make a captivating, nail-biting thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 17, 2013
I bought in-much to my surprise, since it promised to be a stunt-and far from feeling any remorse, I grew more invested as the going got rough.
October 17, 2013
An action movie in the most profound and exalted sense of the term ...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
October 17, 2013
Like the best of the genre, its relentless focus on the material and the practical also gestures subtly at a life of the soul, however battered.
October 17, 2013
It's just a guy. On a boat. For 107 minutes. And every one of those minutes is riveting.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 17, 2013
Who is "Our Man"? What did he do in life? Why was he out there? It doesn't matter. All that matters is this moment, and the next moment, and the moment after that.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 17, 2013
There is incredible tension in this ordeal, this effort to survive, to find rescue, and Redford - an icon of the American film experience for more than half a century now - makes that tension deeply palpable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 17, 2013
Redford, who can play intelligence, wit and nuance to a camera like nobody's business, holds us in his grip. It's a master class in acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 16, 2013
This is only the second film by Chandor, and he works in a style of great purity. There's hardly a 'movieish' moment to speak of in All Is Lost.
Full Review | Original Score: A
October 16, 2013
The feeling of doom, whether personal or planetary, is today pervasive. But All Is Lost, in the end, is a stirring, repudiation of its own title.
October 16, 2013
Goodness knows what this movie would be like without the brute force of Mr. Redford's intelligence, focus and self-confidence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 15, 2013
The will to survive is moving enough-here it is, stripped to its elements, and if you can't bring yourself to care about something that simple then the problem is you, not the movies.
October 15, 2013
It's the salvation of the moviegoing year.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 15, 2013
Even as All Is Lost expands Chandor's range with a far more engaging and determined work, the true auteur of All Is Lost is Redford himself.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 14, 2013
Chandor, who demonstrated a vivid talent for dialogue, mood, and characterization in the Wall Street meltdown movie Margin Call, here displays an ability to furiously carve up and then integrate a confined space.
October 14, 2013
An impressively spare, nearly dialogue-free stranded-at-sea drama starring a superb Robert Redford.
October 14, 2013
The camera rocks with the creaks, cracks, and other sounds of encroaching disequilibrium, while an actor in his element anchors your gaze-and gives the performance of his life.
October 4, 2013
All Is Lost is amazing, deeply moving, and a harking back to an age when the best mainstream films might be the best pictures America made.
October 3, 2013
All Is Lost was clearly a challenge to produce, and it makes its own demands on its viewers. It's a worthwhile effort on both counts.
May 23, 2013
A signal film achievement and the capstone to a great star's career. This is Ultimate Redford.
May 23, 2013
Robert Redford gives an impressive one-man show in this sea-stranded survival tale.
May 22, 2013
From bow to stern Chandor delivers pure cinema
Full Review | Original Score: 9.1/19