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  • Series Premiere Date: May 21, 2016
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 44 Ratings

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  • Summary: Bryan Cranston reprises his Tony-winning role as President Lyndon B. Johnson during his first year in office in this adaptation of the Robert Schenkkan's play of the same name.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Movie/Mini-Series
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Tom Long
    May 20, 2016
    100
    There are some fine supporting performances here--most notably from Bradley Whitford as a loyal-if-appalled Hubert Humphrey, Melissa Leo as the beleaguered Ladybird Johnson and Stephen Root as J. Edgar Hoover. But, beginning to end, this is a tour de force for Cranston. Great stuff.
  2. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    May 19, 2016
    100
    This is a riveting film with a bravura performance by Cranston, who’s been the signature television actor of the past decade.
  3. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    May 18, 2016
    91
    All the Way gets a couple of electrifying performances that catalyze the drama--not to mention the forward momentum of history. They’re brief, but they do the job. ... Magnificent, often stirring performance by Cranston that no one else comes close to matching.
  4. Reviewed by: Bruce Miller
    May 9, 2016
    80
    All the Way works because Cranston is so determined to make Johnson relatable. He shows there’s more to the guy than baling wire and spit. Best of all, he isn’t afraid to let him look weak and afraid.
  5. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    May 19, 2016
    80
    Mr. Cranston keeps it watchable with a performance that grows ever more fervent but never goes over the top.
  6. Reviewed by: Jeff Jensen
    May 16, 2016
    75
    The storytelling juggles too many elements--the civil war movement, escalation in Vietnam, LBJ's relationship with his wife (Melissa Leo). Still, in Cranston you should trust. He mesmerizes even with a shaggy narrative. [20 May 2016, p.52]
  7. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    May 18, 2016
    40
    All The Way is passable, even lively at moments, but it’s also calcified by its repetitive, bloated discussions about the rights and wrongs of the civil rights movement and, more importantly, the two-party system of American government. The best lines go to Cranston, who clearly relishes the language, candor, and physicality of his character in every frame in which he appears, but beyond him, there’s no real sense of the conflictive character that denotes these real-life figures.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. May 21, 2016
    10
    There are going to be people voting 10s and 0s for political reasons. But I'm voting 10 because it was fantastic, Brian killed his part, ifThere are going to be people voting 10s and 0s for political reasons. But I'm voting 10 because it was fantastic, Brian killed his part, if you want to watch a fantastic political drama, this is the one. Expand
  2. May 22, 2016
    10
    A much more accurate portrayal of the President than was presented in the film Selma some time back. Johnson was a crude loud mouthed boor andA much more accurate portrayal of the President than was presented in the film Selma some time back. Johnson was a crude loud mouthed boor and a bully--but he really did care about civil rights and wasn't the monster that Selma made him out to be. Bryan Cranston is as good as Day-Lewis was in Lincoln. Both films are actually very similar. Bradley Whitford is excellent too as Hubert Humphrey. Expand
  3. Jun 24, 2016
    9
    Even though All the Way suffers from a heavy pacing (I think it would have worked better as a three part mini-series) and a plot that can beEven though All the Way suffers from a heavy pacing (I think it would have worked better as a three part mini-series) and a plot that can be hard to follow at times, it manages to be a multi-layered portrait of Lyndon Johnson and Dr. Martin Luther King. Bryan Cranston and Anthony Mackie are excellent, and portray their parts with enough charisma for you to be engaged, but with several nuances to not make them overly romanticized.

    I also liked how the fight for freedom and equality doesn't amount to a "happy ending", but rather as a reminder that there's still work to be done.

    A must-see for Cranston completists and history aficionados.
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  4. Dec 22, 2016
    8
    A great behind the scenes look at the politics involved in passing the Civil Rights Act by LBJ. I was a teenager at the time and only knewA great behind the scenes look at the politics involved in passing the Civil Rights Act by LBJ. I was a teenager at the time and only knew what was in the newspapers; this movie was an eye-opener. The wrangling and back stabbing done by LBJ was politics at it's best/worst. Who knew? Maybe that's why he did not run for a second term, too many enemies. Expand
  5. May 25, 2016
    8
    This is a great tv movie and shows the us about the political system. Great acting by Bryan Cranston shows how Johnson was perfectly. This isThis is a great tv movie and shows the us about the political system. Great acting by Bryan Cranston shows how Johnson was perfectly. This is a great political film and worth a watch. Expand
  6. May 29, 2016
    8
    Cranston nailed this role, as director, he chose the best actor for LBJ. The movie was a good insight of the times and a glimpse into theCranston nailed this role, as director, he chose the best actor for LBJ. The movie was a good insight of the times and a glimpse into the inner workings of LBJ as a person. I am not sure how "reworked" some of the events were for the sake of the movie (such as the relationships between LBJ and MLK for example), but was interesting. Although long (over 2 hours) the movie holds your attention and interest-particularly if you like politics. Expand
  7. Sep 15, 2016
    4
    While well acted, It's a painfully slow and quite boring take on LBJ that seems to over dramatize every single scene that is shows. CranstonWhile well acted, It's a painfully slow and quite boring take on LBJ that seems to over dramatize every single scene that is shows. Cranston and Mackie do great jobs as LBJ and MLK respectively but I think good acting can only take a bland story so far. Expand

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