All Is Bright
All Is Bright (2013)

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.… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: October 4, 2013
DVD Release Date: November 18, 2013
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Critic Score: 46% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Well-acted but uneven, All Is Bright strands a pair of strong performances from Paul Giamatti and Paul Rudd in a meandering script.

J. Hoberman

You might think you can see where Almost Christmas is heading but it never quite loses its acerbic edge or goes emotionally blooey.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

The film has an accomplished mood of cantankerous despair, but it's still little more than downbeat fluff.

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

"All Is Bright" is reminiscent of those utterly forgettable Canadian movies bankrolled on the government dime in the name of cultural preservation.

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Ronnie Scheib

This engaging if somewhat underwhelming tale of unlikely redemption builds a funny-sad web of intersecting interactions around its strong central perfs.

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Steven Boone

I wish I could give four stars to Giamatti's big, sad eyes and outrageous Civil War beard.

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Clayton Davis

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.

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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter

The film is happy to observe wryly as boredom and failure threaten to overwhelm the men.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An amoral dark comedy set during the Christmas season.

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Flixster Audience Score: 23% Flixster User Reviews
Manu Gino
All is busted. All is broke. All is bitter. All is BRIGHT. Just an Okay movie, don't expect too much! I must say for a comedy starring Paul Rudd and Paul… More
Sol C
The film was a big disappointment. From the trailer I was expecting it to be something like Bad Santa. But that is not the case here. The problem with the film… More
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Panta Oz
Phil Morrison started strongly at the beginning and the first half of directing was almost perfect! Melissa James Gibson's story of Dennis (Paul… More
Walter M.
In "All Is Bright," Dennis(Paul Giamatti) is glad to be out of prison. And then not so much when he finds out that his ex-wife told their daughter… More