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All the Way (2016)

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Critic Consensus: 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.

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Adaptation of Robert Schenkkan's Tony Award-winning play about the early days of Lyndon B. Johnson's presidency, from the assassination of John F. Kennedy to the battle over the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and his campaign to stay in the White House.

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Cast

Bryan Cranston
as Lyndon Johnson
Anthony Mackie
as Martin Luther King, Jr.
Bradley Whitford
as Hubert Humphrey
Melissa Leo
as Claudia "Lady Bird" Johnson
Aisha Hinds
as Fannie Lou Hamer
Frank Langella
as Richard Russell
Stephen Root
as J. Edgar Hoover
Mo McRae
as Stokely Carmichael
Spencer Garrett
as Walter Reuther
Todd Weeks
as Walter Jenkins
Toby Huss
as Governor Johnson
Bo Foxworth
as Robert McNamara
Joe Morton
as Roy Wilkins
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Critic Reviews for All the Way

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (18)

Beneath the melodrama of the maneuvering for power, there are millions of ordinary human beings who depend on the right outcome.

September 6, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Johnson had the same insecurities we all do; but whatever happened, he made sure it happened on his terms. All The Way never lets you forget that legacies, like most things, are mediated by power.

May 23, 2016 | Full Review…

Much of the film's draw, and pleasures, stem from watching Bryan Cranston work the character (not to mention the prosthetic nose and ears).

May 23, 2016 | Full Review…

It's been a while since I saw a TV movie that had everything going for it, yet failed to be memorable. All the Way should have been a classic: electrifying, surprising, moving, artful. It's not.

May 23, 2016 | Full Review…

The movie may have a larger scope, but it retains the power of the original play.

May 22, 2016 | Full Review…

Director Jay Roach turns Robert Schenkkan's acclaimed Broadway play into an engrossing, powerful if slightly overcrowded movie that works as a biopic of LBJ and as a time capsule of a crucial period in the civil rights movement.

May 20, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for All the Way

A 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 Now

Jeff Boam
Jeff Boam

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A 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! 06-28-2016

Christopher Oakley
Christopher Oakley

Super Reviewer

½

A 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 Walker
Ian Walker

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