All Is Bright Synopsis
Two shady French-Canadians try to get rich quick by selling Christmas trees in New York City.
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The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
A sardonic, smart screwball comedy.
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80

Salon.com

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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70

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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58

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...
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50

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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50

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...
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50

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...
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50

Film.com

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...
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40

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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30

Village Voice

By Nick Schager
Maudlin and mirthless, it's a film misbegotten enough to almost make one hate Christmas.
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Rated R | For Brief Nudity and Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 16+ Oddly touching Christmas tale about ex-con, jilted love.
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