The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
A sardonic, smart screwball comedy.
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By Andrew O'Hehir
Ror me its heartbreaking denouement – with shades of a Raymond Carver or William Kennedy ending – packed a prodigious emotional wallop.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
Although laughs do come... the film is happy to observe wryly as boredom and failure threaten to overwhelm the men.
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The A.V. Club

By Mike D'Angelo
Directed by Phil Morrison (Junebug) from a lackluster script by Melissa James Gibson, All Is Bright coasts entirely on the formidable talent of its cast, though Giamatti merely offers another variation on the irascible persona he’s been cultivating since Sideways, while Rudd is ultimately defeated by his character’s shapelessness.
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The Playlist

By Rodrigo Perez
Semi-flat with only a few jokes and emotional beats that land, the picture is often dull when it should be poignant.
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The Dissolve

By Tasha Robinson
A film that veers between caustic comedy, melodrama, and heartstring-tugging, without finding the spark of sympathy that would hold the film together around its disparate tones.
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Slant Magazine

By Chris Cabin
All Is Bright remains engaging, for the most part, but most of the big narrative turns feel both predictable and forced, and at odds with the natural charms of the cast.
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By Jordan Hoffman
There are tones of 1970s shaggy realism that are interrupted by moments of character-driven shtick. The wistful scenes aren’t rich enough to engross you and the comedy isn’t clever enough to make a difference.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Giamatti and Rudd banter with appeal, but Melissa James Gibson’s lackluster script doesn’t offer either much to work with.
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Village Voice

By Nick Schager
Maudlin and mirthless, it's a film misbegotten enough to almost make one hate Christmas.
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54 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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