All the Way
2016, Biography/Drama, 2h 12m46 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings
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Anchored by Bryan Cranston's phenomenal performance as LBJ, All the Way is an engrossing portrayal of a complicated man during a pivotal moment in US history. Read critic reviews
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Lyndon B. Johnson
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Lady Bird Johnson
Sen. Richard Russell
J. Edgar Hoover
Fannie Lou Hamer
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Critic Reviews for All the Way
All the Way, at times, feels overstuffed, but you remain riveted while watching Cranston delve into the many layers of Johnson's personality, from folksy warmth to ruthless rage to the nagging insecurity.October 7, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Jay Roach, who directed Cranston in Trumbo, never lets the fast-moving All the Way seem like a play put on film. He draws uniformly fine performances and showcases his hard-working star. The results: Cranston wins again.
All the Way is a more satisfying movie than it was a play. Intense closeups of the characters, plus news footage from the 1960s civil rights showdown and Barry Goldwater's campaign, make it both more intimate and more epic.
The film's exhumation of a more-relevant-than-ever social and political fight makes All The Way seem cannier than it is.October 7, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Jay Roach's smart direction and the brilliant script by Robert Schenkkan are essential to capturing the dynamics of an era and its principal players. Likewise, Bill Corso's impressive make-up is indispensable... But the acting's the thing.
Virtually everything about this exhilarating work -- its enterprise, its unfailing humor, its drama... would be cause for celebration at any time.
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Jul 05, 2016A compelling counterpoint to Selma, one of the greatest films about Civil Rights in film history, All the Way never tells the whole story (thankfully, it's a stand-alone flick not a mini-series) but it presents the most faithful rendering of LBK ever committed to digital. One failing of Selma proved to be in casting Tom Wilkinson (an amazing actor in pretty much any motion picture but Selma) as the 36th President of the United States of America. Not only did the actor not resemble LBJ even marginally (in a film where David Oyelowo and Carmen Ejogo were absolute photo doubles for Martin Luther King, Jr. and his wife Coretta Scott, mind you), he refused to even use any trace of a Texas accent. Sure, it all comes down to performance but that's the problem. Johnson proved to be such a colorful, straight-talking, and pivotal piece of history and that character pretty much sits that aforementioned 2014 Voting Rights drama out. Here, realized by a brilliant chameleon-esque Bryan Cranston, the divisive but history-making spirit of the powerful Texan compellingly comes alive. In this HBO drama based on Robert Schenkkan's award-winning play, Lyndon B. Johnson (Cranston) becomes the President of the United States in the chaotic aftermath of JFK's assassination and spends his first year in office trying to quickly pass the Civil Rights Act. Warts and all, LBJ's life as president gets documented pretty much up until the moments presented in Selma, which took some flak for controversially villainizing Johnson. All the Way paints a way more complete portrait of the man and it's not always complementary. In fact, at times, it tries to paint too sprawling a portrait, cramming an entire history course into a little over two hours. While it embraces a scope slightly beyond the reach of the critically hailed play, however, it also smartly never pulls focus on a performance for the ages that achieves the polar opposite of the presidential pantomime antics on display in Lee Daniels' The Butler. Bottom line: Both Sides NowJeff B Super Reviewer
Jun 29, 2016A truly engaging portrayal of LBJ and proof that Bryan Cranston is truly one of our best living actors and take unlikeable people and make them likeable. Dealing with the Civil Rights act and his relationship with Martin Luther King as well as trying to get re-elected, Jay Roach gives us a great script and paces the film masterfully. Anthony Mackie is a fine actor but not as believable as King as he maybe could of been! Also Kudos to Melissa Leo as Lady Bird. A true must see! 06-28-2016Christopher O Super Reviewer
May 29, 2016A superb political with a fantastic performance, as always, by Bryan Cranston. He is worth watching it for alone but the slick production value and engrossing narrative keeps you enjoying this until the end.Ian W Super Reviewer
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