Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Dec 24, 2010
    88
    The key to the film is in the character of David. One can imagine a scenario in which an overbearing father drives the son to rebellion, but what happens here is more complex and sinister.
  2. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Dec 6, 2010
    80
    It's a juicy story, though that doesn't excuse Jarecki from fixating above all else on the tabloid-ready twists and pop-psychological turns of Durst's story.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Dec 21, 2010
    75
    Jarecki's not remotely in Scorsese's league yet, but he knows New York and he has seen the dark soul of man. Maybe next time he won't blink.
  4. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Dec 17, 2010
    75
    All Good Things is a "true crime" drama with speculative scenarios and a kind of deliberately murky aura. It's a strange, thrilling tale begrimed by bad memories, by bad deeds.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Dec 6, 2010
    75
    The result is a potent and provocative movie that will keep you up nights.
  6. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Dec 6, 2010
    75
    Though the movie doesn't use real names and the press notes say it's "inspired" by the Durst case, it seems to follow many of the facts rather closely -- all the while mixing in not a little provocative speculation.
  7. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Dec 6, 2010
    75
    It's not the smoothest thriller. But All Good Things is thoroughly engrossing, a roman a clef that chillingly ponders a puzzle and suggests solutions outlandish enough to be stranger than anything Hollywood, on its own, could make up.
  8. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Dec 6, 2010
    75
    You go away slack-jawed with shock and sated with the chilling bedtime-story elements of a great unsolved mystery novel you can't put down.
  9. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Dec 30, 2010
    70
    The movie implies that Durst murdered his wife, but the unsolved crime turns out to be less mysterious than the mind of the killer, nervily portrayed by Gosling as not evil but unaccountably empty.
  10. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Dec 6, 2010
    70
    Despite some choppy transitions and a few melodramatic moments that don't work, the film casts an effective, deepening chill.
  11. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Dec 6, 2010
    70
    The film ends up wrestling itself into a corner, though it's saved by a corrosive central performance from Ryan Gosling and a disconcertingly hypnotic feel.
  12. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Dec 6, 2010
    70
    Certainly the fictionalized brood in All Good Things is equal to the Friedmans in terms of dysfunction, and they're loaded.
  13. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Jan 7, 2011
    67
    It's a heavy, moody film, mimicking in its form something of the mental state of its central character, which is a nifty trick. But the quality of the craft doesn't draw you in, nor does Gosling's aloof and inward performance.
  14. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Dec 9, 2010
    63
    All Good Things is creepy and weird and sad, and little else.
  15. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Dec 6, 2010
    63
    The film, although deeply flawed, is at times compelling, even if it seems as if a reel is missing.
  16. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Dec 6, 2010
    60
    The film presents the rare instance of a true story that has been fictionalized and yet seems bent on cleaving to its least useful facts.
  17. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Dec 6, 2010
    58
    Here's a story about a man who befriended and eventually killed a Texan while going incognito as an exceptionally frumpy woman, then was eventually nabbed shoplifting a chicken-salad sandwich while carrying more than $500 in his pocket. Why underplay that?
  18. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Jan 20, 2011
    50
    You watch it in stunned disbelief, wondering how a movie that started so strongly devolved into something so absurd.
  19. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Dec 30, 2010
    50
    Gosling, as the Durst-like David Marks, is scarily effective before his performance turns opaque and horror-movie-ish.
  20. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Dec 23, 2010
    50
    There's a fascinating story here for a bolder filmmaker, but after so much meandering it's a relief that "All Good Things" must come to an end.
  21. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Dec 16, 2010
    50
    Dunst is not the only person doing quality work in All Good Things, but she is the only one worth watching.
  22. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Dec 9, 2010
    50
    The good thing about All Good Things - that would be Kirsten Dunst, for if there is one thing this strange and creepy film does well it is remind us of just what a talented actress she is.
  23. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Dec 7, 2010
    50
    This is a soap opera that stands at a distance from its characters (that distance being the length of a lawyer's briefcase) and, though handsome and capable, feels as inert as mannequins in a shop window.
  24. Reviewed by: Ian Buckwalter
    Dec 6, 2010
    42
    What's most surprising, given the latitude provided by all that conjecture, is that the Durst - "David Marks" for the purposes of the film - who emerges is less a character study than a thumbnail sketch.
  25. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Dec 6, 2010
    40
    All Good Things patina of fictionalization has not prevented the cagey Durst Organization from threatening a lawsuit. They need not worry, though. The film succeeds only in indicting its authors.
  26. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Dec 6, 2010
    40
    The more the film implicates David, the more it distances itself and the viewer, playing out in the emotionally detached but sensationalistic, overripe manner of a tabloid freakshow.
  27. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Dec 9, 2010
    30
    The result is a queasy combination of speculation and dramatic invention with the ring of half-truth, though the co-stars, Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst, add as much color as they can - not much - to a monochromatic script.
User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 48 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 16
  2. Negative: 4 out of 16
  1. Dec 11, 2010
    3
    A giant mess of a film. Ryan Gosling and (a surprisingly tolerable) Kirsten Dunst do the best they can with a story that can't decide whatA giant mess of a film. Ryan Gosling and (a surprisingly tolerable) Kirsten Dunst do the best they can with a story that can't decide what genre it belongs in. This simply just doesn't work. Andrew Jarecki, whose "Capturing the Friedmans" was fascinating, can do better than this. Full Review »
  2. Oct 31, 2011
    10
    "All good things" is a brilliant absorbing and ultimately provocative drama thriller with a good direction and amazing performances by the"All good things" is a brilliant absorbing and ultimately provocative drama thriller with a good direction and amazing performances by the three leading actors.It reminded in a way "Revolutionary Road" because we have the portrait of the desire of a perfect existence and the subsequent broken dreams of a couple. But in "All good things" not every reasons are explained because the director is telling a real story(the names of the characters in the movie were changed)that is still a mystery and the leading actor of this drama is an enigma. David Marks(Ryan Gosling)son of a powerful real estate man(Frank Langella)tries to establish a perfect and peaceful life with his wife Kathie(Kirsten Dunst)by avoiding his duties in the family business(legal and illegal).But it won't be easy for him to resist at the pressure by his strong father and he will be forced to take part of the ominous projects of his persuasive father.Besides,his increasing psychological problems will destroy his life with his wife.The second part of the movie is a shocking and bizarre look at the last years of the disturbed man and the homicides of his two friends.And the movie becomes a sort of "Psycho". What we see is the results of murder investigations. I liked the mixture of themes such love,corruption,madness,mystery and murder and Andrew Jarecki did very well in showing the growth and reasons of the characters,although David remains an enigma in many of his actions.I really liked the details he offered and I was drawn from the beginning to the end.The movie is predictable in some parts but in the last one is a real unexpected turn.Ryan Gosling was great in playing a troubled man and I was moved by the portrayal of this poor soul that had no chance to live in peace with himself.Also he shows some sinister sign of madness that are really overwhelming. Kirsten Dunst was simply terrific in portraying a victim of the husband and his powerful family but also an ambitious woman who tried to get advantages by the the whole situation in terms of the prospect of a wealthy life.For her amazing acting she should have been nominated for an Oscar.Frank Langella was really good in the role of the cold and manipulative father.The three characters are really complex and not easily categorized."All good things"is probably one of the most appealing and interesting movie of the year.It has real great and original moments and although it doesn't provide an easy solution to the case it is not a distracting thing in my opinion(since it's still an open case). Full Review »
  3. Dec 14, 2010
    4
    One of the strangest movies I've ever seen, and not in a really good way. By the end, it had me wondering how much of the story was actuallyOne of the strangest movies I've ever seen, and not in a really good way. By the end, it had me wondering how much of the story was actually "based on a true story" and what the real sources were. The trailer is deceptive as hell. The Gosling character is a true freak, and I'm not sure that I'd ever recommend the experience to anyone. Full Review »