Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 15
  2. Negative: 3 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Oct 3, 2013
    A sardonic, smart screwball comedy.
  2. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Oct 4, 2013
    Ror me its heartbreaking denouement – with shades of a Raymond Carver or William Kennedy ending – packed a prodigious emotional wallop.
  3. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Oct 7, 2013
    Although laughs do come... the film is happy to observe wryly as boredom and failure threaten to overwhelm the men.
  4. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Oct 7, 2013
    This engaging if somewhat underwhelming tale of unlikely redemption builds a funny-sad web of intersecting interactions around its strong central perfs.
  5. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Oct 3, 2013
    In its own strange way, All Is Bright pulls you in even as it frustrates. This is far from a picture-perfect Christmas story, mind you, but there is a spirit in its celebration of disappointment that is quite special.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Oct 2, 2013
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Sep 15, 2013
    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.
  8. Reviewed by: Rodrigo Perez
    Sep 6, 2013
    Semi-flat with only a few jokes and emotional beats that land, the picture is often dull when it should be poignant.
  9. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Sep 6, 2013
    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.
  10. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Sep 6, 2013
    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.
  11. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Oct 4, 2013
    Giamatti and Rudd banter with appeal, but Melissa James Gibson’s lackluster script doesn’t offer either much to work with.
  12. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Oct 1, 2013
    Awkward banter, a lack of narrative thrust and concentrated character deep-digging, and a performance by Sally Hawkins as a Russian maid that seems beamed in from another movie all contribute to the cinematic equivalent of a half-baked fruitcake.
  13. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Oct 4, 2013
    Their misadventures in the Big Apple, including Giamatti’s involvement with a Russian house sitter (a bizarrely cast Sally Hawkins) are neither funny nor touching, just tedious.
  14. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Oct 1, 2013
    Maudlin and mirthless, it's a film misbegotten enough to almost make one hate Christmas.
  15. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Oct 1, 2013
    The script, by Melissa James Gibson, is as scintillating as a dead rodent.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Oct 4, 2013
    It's not a perfect movie, but the performances are truly first rate. Very funny and surprisingly touching. I appreciate that they actually shot New York for New York that's commitment. Definitely worth your time. Full Review »
  2. Oct 4, 2013
    This is two hours of time lost from your life. I like these actors but this is a pointless movie with no story and no end. Not sure what the point of the entire movie was, it was just angry banter and a few lame character interactions and not much else. I highly suggest passing on this project. Full Review »