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7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10

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  1. JosephC.
    Aug 20, 2003
    10
    Greatest movie of the last 2-3 years, hands down. The most genuine portrait one will see on film of what love, without judgment, might mean.
  2. ChadS.
    Jan 1, 2003
    8
    "A child only a mother could love," will float around your head as you watch the prodigal couch potato imitate a beached whale in this bleak, bleak, bleak film. Stay awake and you'll be rewarded(if that's the right word for it) with a most remarkable scene of marital anguish and reconciliation that will leave you shaken. The haunted look Timothy Spall wears throughout the film "A child only a mother could love," will float around your head as you watch the prodigal couch potato imitate a beached whale in this bleak, bleak, bleak film. Stay awake and you'll be rewarded(if that's the right word for it) with a most remarkable scene of marital anguish and reconciliation that will leave you shaken. The haunted look Timothy Spall wears throughout the film is explained. Leslie Manville, as his wife, impresses. She and Spall are convincinly wretched. When they finally smile, it's more cathartic for the audience, because Mike Leigh's "Secrets and Lies" was a musical/comedy compared to "All or Nothing". Remember, it was the last film the Hale-Bopp cult saw before they committed suicide. Expand

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Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    50
    This feelbad movie makes you glad when it's over.
  2. 60
    Will probably appeal only to the most committed of Leigh fans.
  3. 75
    Leigh's uncanny ability to mine emotional truth packs the usual punch. And the trademark flashes of humor sprinkled throughout ease the bleakness of the landscape.