Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. 90
    Mike Leigh returns to the council flats of London -- and delivers a richly Dickensian masterpiece about working-class family life.
  2. 100
    There are moments in All or Nothing of such acute observation that we nod in understanding -- The closing scenes of the movie are just about perfect.
  3. 100
    An exhilarating movie about sadness and renewal.
  4. The acting in All or Nothing is superb. Everyone creates a character we can immediately register and recognize as true.
  5. Reviewed by: Rich Cline
    It's a remarkable film; the dialogue takes our breath away with its sharp skewering of expectations and realities, the bleak honesty is balanced by the freshness of real life and moments of raw truth and comedy -- Don't miss it.
  6. 100
    Exquisitely textured film.
  7. 90
    It's a strangely stirring experience that finds warmth in the coldest environment and makes each crumb of emotional comfort feel like a 10-course banquet.
  8. 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.
  9. No picnic to watch -- Leigh's camera is unsentimental and unsparing.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. HC.
    Mar 22, 2007
    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. Full Review »
  2. amurabim.
    Dec 11, 2005
    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. Full Review »