All or Nothing Reviews

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November 7, 2002
The more you think about the movie, the more you will probably like it.
November 7, 2002
Though it's become almost redundant to say so, major kudos go to Leigh for actually casting people who look working-class.
November 7, 2002
Sure, it would be nice to see more of the droll humor like that of Life Is Sweet or the toxic energy of Naked, but All or Nothing contains not one misstep.
November 4, 2002
The kind of hardscrabble, slice-of-life story [Leigh's] best known for.
November 1, 2002
With one exception, every blighter in this particular South London housing project digs into dysfunction like it's a big, comforting jar of Marmite, to be slathered on crackers and served as a feast of bleakness.
November 1, 2002
Leigh has created another remarkable work, up there with his best.
November 1, 2002
Leigh's sympathy for the working poor is unmistakable and unassailable, but the tragic grandeur with which he imbues their pain hovers dangerously close to condescension.
November 1, 2002
The resolution -- which I won't describe, as it's something to see -- is extremely moving.
November 1, 2002
The effort features solid performances but also an omnipresent and gloomy realism that's likely to wear down and depress many viewers.
November 1, 2002
We're back on the social and emotional turf that Leigh knows best.
November 1, 2002
Features such an uncanny ear for dialogue, characterization and situations that it seems almost like a documentary.
November 1, 2002
Everything you've come to expect, and cherish, in a Mike Leigh movie.
November 1, 2002
These people are real as few movie characters ever are.
November 1, 2002
Grueling, heavy-handed, and surprisingly insight-free.
October 31, 2002
Leigh's daring here is that without once denying the hardscrabble lives of people on the economic fringes of Margaret Thatcher's ruinous legacy, he insists on the importance of those moments when people can connect and express their love for each other.
October 31, 2002
Has some appealing performances (especially from Leigh regulars Spall and Manville).
October 31, 2002
These characters are beyond hope -- and caring about.
October 31, 2002
[Leigh] has a true talent for drawing wrenching performances from his actors (improvised over many months) and for conveying the way tiny acts of kindness make ordinary life survivable.
October 31, 2002
A triumph, a film that hews out a world and carries us effortlessly from darkness to light.
October 31, 2002
Even though the runtime is in excess of two hours, I never did find the film to be boring, just relentlessly depressing - until the slight upbeat swing at the end.
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