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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Leigh isn't breaking new ground, but he knows how a daily grind can kill love. Strong stuff. show more

  • 75
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    Leigh doesn't sentimentalize these tragic, dead-end lives but allows his characters to be ugly and stupid, to make horrendous mistakes. Sometimes they're laughable, and yet there's never the sense that Leigh is mocking them. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    This feelbad movie makes you glad when it's over. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    A mostly glum, gray and grim story lit by a fugitive sunbeam. show more

  • 88
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    No picnic to watch -- Leigh's camera is unsentimental and unsparing. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    There are moments in All or Nothing of such acute observation that we nod in understanding -- The closing scenes of the movie are just about perfect. show more

  • 100
    Michael Sragow Baltimore Sun

    An exhilarating movie about sadness and renewal. show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    The acting in All or Nothing is superb. Everyone creates a character we can immediately register and recognize as true. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Suffers from touches of sentimentality in its last portion -- Many viewers may welcome this last-minute brightening, though. If so, All or Nothing could join "Topsy Turvy" and "Secrets & Lies" as one of Leigh's most widely enjoyed recent films. show more

  • 75
    Megan Lehmann New York Post

    Leigh's uncanny ability to mine emotional truth packs the usual punch. And the trademark flashes of humor sprinkled throughout ease the bleakness of the landscape. show more

  • April 25, 2012 MarilynnSummers
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    I simply adored this film. Tim Spall, Leslie Manville and Ruth Sheen were so talented playing their parts in a film that was steeped in the daily humdrum tasks of work and home, day after day, but their struggles were so pronounced and complex in many ways. Allison Garrland was amazing in her role as daughter of Spall and Manville. Sally H awkins was incredibly luring and the entire case emsamble were terrific. Yes, it was depressing, a look at the working class struggling to get by, day by day, but Mike Leigh was brilliant as director.

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