Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
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  1. Reviewed by: Andrew Barker
    Dec 17, 2013
    [Swanberg's] latest work, All the Light in the Sky, displays a striking new willingness to meet his audience halfway, buttressing his signature style with clever pacing, solid technique and a deeply soulful lead performance from co-scripter Jane Adams.
  2. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Dec 20, 2013
    A minor effort in a filmography largely composed of them, All the Light in the Sky is nonetheless satisfying on the terms it establishes early on.
  3. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Dec 18, 2013
    Large-scale anxieties about the future of the environment mingle with the characters’ small-scale anxieties about the present. The effect of this interplay will probably vary from viewer to viewer. As with Swanberg’s production methods, a lot depends on what you bring to the movie.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Dec 19, 2013
    The cosmic and the microscopic are casually — and delicately — juxtaposed in All the Light in the Sky, an evocative, slightly melancholic movie.
  5. Reviewed by: Joel Arnold
    Dec 20, 2013
    Where the film excels is in capturing the quiet revelations in Marie's life over the few days it chronicles — revelations that represent the aftermath of choices made years before, when expectations were higher.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Dec 20, 2013
    Marie is middle-aged and at a crossroads in All the Light in the Sky, a movie that feels the same way — listless and searching and on its way toward something good.
  7. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Dec 17, 2013
    All The Light In The Sky is a refreshingly grown-up exploration of a woman at a personal and professional crossroads that’s stronger for never pushing its narrative or its finely wrought lead character in the direction of big moments or bullshit epiphanies. It’s casual, but also quietly moving.
  8. Reviewed by: Diego Costa
    Dec 19, 2013
    In Joe Swanberg's disaffected little film, the drama is never explicit, or even fully conscious.
  9. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Dec 17, 2013
    [A] tediously naturalistic and fairly pointless no-budget indie about the compromises of middle-aged femininity.

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