All Is Bright
Want to See
Not Interested
Rate it ½ star
Rate it 1 star
Rate it 1½ stars
Rate it 2 stars
Rate it 2½ stars
Rate it 3 stars
Rate it 3½ stars
Rate it 4 stars
Rate it 4½ stars
Rate it 5 stars
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

Available Online

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

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
"Phil Morrison's direction and choices aren't as bold or as inventive as his styles in Junebug. The story doesn't lend itself to those traits that made him a quiet sensation in the mid-2000s."
‑ Clayton Davis,
""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
"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
"An amoral dark comedy set during the Christmas season."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"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
"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
"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
More reviews for All Is Bright on Rotten Tomatoes