Critic scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.
A sardonic, smart screwball comedy. Read full review
Ror me its heartbreaking denouement – with shades of a Raymond Carver or William Kennedy ending – packed a prodigious emotional wallop. Read full review
Although laughs do come... the film is happy to observe wryly as boredom and failure threaten to overwhelm the men. Read full review
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. Read full review
Semi-flat with only a few jokes and emotional beats that land, the picture is often dull when it should be poignant. Read full review
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. Read full review
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. Read full review
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. Read full review
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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Maudlin and mirthless, it's a film misbegotten enough to almost make one hate Christmas. Read full review
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