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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 31
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  1. 100
    An exhilarating movie about sadness and renewal.
  2. 90
    Mike Leigh returns to the council flats of London -- and delivers a richly Dickensian masterpiece about working-class family life.
  3. All the drinking, arguing and brooding, which in lesser hands might have produced oppressive and unvarying dreariness, somehow adds up to a tableau of extraordinary vividness and variety.
  4. Hollywood hardly ever pays attention to such people, and the average moviegoer won't either. But Leigh makes an irrefutable claim that their lives matter, and that attention must be paid.
  5. 70
    It's a hard-won comfort, found here over a bleak stretch of days, but All Or Nothing makes it look like the best life has to offer.
  6. In that rare moment, the movie relaxes its rictus of pain and actually dares to feel good. Moments like these aren't just a negotiation between all and nothing -- they're everything that allows us to care about even those characters who only slouch and shriek ''F -- - orfff!''
  7. 40
    Though more cathartic than redemptive, this sob-racked confession is the payoff for two hours of low-grade misery.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. amurabim.
    Dec 11, 2005
    6
    A sad and realistic story set in London that proves the universality of routine and despair. In this movie, director Mike Leigh tries to A sad and realistic story set in London that proves the universality of routine and despair. In this movie, director Mike Leigh tries to dissect the reasons of desperation when a bunch of characters´dealing with loneliness, solitude and alienation in contemporary society. Too many subplots, and a little bit slow (you have to stay awake and struggle with boredom along the way) but "All or Nothing" worth it ´cause in the realistic portrait of misery that describes it perceives a sense of universality in the rutinary sadness. Expand
  2. HC.
    Mar 22, 2007
    6
    I found this film somewhat better than Vera Drake, though it still reveled in its own misery for far too long. Technically, I loved the way I found this film somewhat better than Vera Drake, though it still reveled in its own misery for far too long. Technically, I loved the way it was shot, and the actors' portrayals of their characters--Leslie Manville, Alison Garland & Sally Hawkins were particularly memorable--as was Timothy Spall's 1000-yard stare. However--this gets old and strangely familiar--I wouldn't say mocking, but there is something patronizing/condescending about this film even though Leigh clearly loves these characters. I can't help but think there is some needed artifice missing though I understand this is my own preference. Expand

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