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All Is Bright Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    54

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 30

    out of 100

    Village Voice Nick Schager

    Maudlin and mirthless, it's a film misbegotten enough to almost make one hate Christmas.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter John DeFore

    Although laughs do come... the film is happy to observe wryly as boredom and failure threaten to overwhelm the men.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 16+

Oddly touching Christmas tale about ex-con, jilted love.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that All Is Bright focuses on the relationship between an ex-con newly paroled from prison (Paul Giamatti) and his former partner (Paul Rudd), who has taken up with Dennis' wife during the former's long time behind bars. There's plenty of tension between them, but they also need to cooperate to complete a job. Expect frequent swearing (including "f--k," "s--t," and more), brief nudity when a woman changes her clothes (seen from far away, through a window), and a few violent scenes (a man is beaten up and left bloodied), as well as occasional drinking and a few characters who smoke cigarettes.

  • Families can talk about All Is Bright's messages. Is the movie about friendship? Forgiveness? Who do you think it's most intended to appeal to? How can you tell?
  • What ties Dennis and Rene together? Are they friends?
  • What do you think about Dennis' relationship with his wife and daughter? Why did his wife start seeing another guy?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: Forgiveness can come slowly, but when it does, it can be the key to freedom. Another key theme is transformation.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Dennis and Rene are both criminals trying to go straight, but it's hard when they're making so little and there are so many tempting, valuable targets.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: A man is assaulted during a violent robbery involving a gun, leaving his face bloody and battered.

  • sex false2

    Sex: A very brief glimpse of nudity when a woman is seen changing out of her clothes (shown through a window from far away, so nothing detailed is seen), and some flirting. A character's wife starts seeing someone else while her husband is in jail.

  • language false3

    Language: A fair amount of profanity, including "f--k," "s--t," and "damn."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some adults smoke cigarettes often, and they occasionally get drunk.

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