All Is Bright
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French-Canadian ex-con Dennis (Paul Giamatti) schemes to buy his estranged daughter a new piano by selling Christmas trees on the streets of New York City with handsome lothario Rene (Paul Rudd), whose latest conquest was Dennis' wife. Sally Hawkins co-stars. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"You might think you can see where Almost Christmas is heading but it never quite loses its acerbic edge or goes emotionally blooey."
‑ J. Hoberman,
"The film has an accomplished mood of cantankerous despair, but it's still little more than downbeat fluff."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Morrison films this redemptive story - which has some hard-to-swallow moments - with a dusty gray palette that suits its characters and masquerades the story's more obvious sentimentality."
‑ Eric Melin,
"This is of the "nice" variety of movies and makes for an off beat Christmas flick."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"a relatively lackluster dark comedy that is elevated several notches by Giamatti's cantankerous presence"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"This engaging if somewhat underwhelming tale of unlikely redemption builds a funny-sad web of intersecting interactions around its strong central perfs."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"Worth enduring only for a rare lead performance by Paul Giamatti, whose expert delineation of rage and frustration lends form to Morrison's otherwise shapeless script."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
""All is Bright is nothing more than empty threats and bottomless desires haphazardly thrown together around a more interesting event that you never get to see."
‑ Chris Sawin,
"a dark comedy that's not often funny, but this quirky character piece has real heart."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"The entire enterprise feels as phony as a fake Yule tree"
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"The film is happy to observe wryly as boredom and failure threaten to overwhelm the men."
‑ John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
""All Is Bright" isn't - and was never meant to be - a major cinematic gift to audiences. But as a little stocking stuffer, and nostalgic recollection of how movies used to be, it often has its own small and quite welcome delights."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Overall, it's truly as exciting as you'd think watching two people sell Christmas trees would be, even if those two people are Paul Giamatti and Paul Rudd."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"There's the backbone of a better film here, it just needs some ornaments."
‑ Sarah Mankoff, Film Comment Magazine
"All is Bright is unsugary, a small out-of-season miracle."
‑ Caryn James, James on screenS
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