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  • 5.0

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    Universal acclaim
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  • 100

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    Village Voice Alan Scherstuhl

    A genuine nail-biter, scrupulously made and fully involving, elemental in its simplicity.

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  • 100

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    This is Robert Redford doing what too many stars should do and don't: taking a chance. And reinventing his art. It's an extraordinary thing to see.

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  • 100

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    It's a meditation on mortality, with remarkable resemblances to "Gravity," not to mention echoes of "The Old Man and the Sea." It's admirably crafted, with a wealth of detail that illustrates the sailor's resourcefulness.

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  • 70

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    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    Redford, who can’t avoid exuding charisma, plays this role with utter naturalism and lack of histrionics or self-regard.

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  • 80

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    Variety Justin Chang

    A virtually wordless film that speaks with grave eloquence and simplicity about the human condition. Nothing here feels fancy or extraneous, least of all Redford’s superb performance.

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  • 80

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    The New Yorker David Denby

    Unimaginable as anything but a movie. It’s largely wordless, sombrely spectacular, vast and intimate at the same time, with a commitment to detailed physical reality that commands amazed attention for a tight hundred minutes.

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  • 88

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    In this spare, unusual and intimate action thriller, Redford's expressions do nearly all of the communicating. He is the sole human cast member and utters only one word during the entire movie, which covers a span of eight days. The ocean — super-charged and becalmed — gets equal billing. If this sounds bizarre, or like an exercise in tedium, it is neither.

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OK for kids 15+

Intense lost-at-sea tale with one actor and little dialogue.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that All Is Lost is a lost-at-sea survival movie with only one actor (Robert Redford) and barely any dialogue. It has one pointed use of the word "f--k," which, in addition to the intensity of the main character's peril throughout the movie, is the main concern for parents. We see a bloody head wound, which the character treats and bandages himself, and we see the character drinking what looks like whisky in an early scene.

  • Families can talk about the movie's intensity and level of violence. What is the tone of this movie? Is it thrilling or disturbing? What does it show and not show?
  • How is this movie different from other kinds of movies about men struggling against the odds? What is different or similar about it?
  • How does an actor act without dialogue? What kinds of things does Robert Redford do onscreen to convince you that he's playing a character?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: A lone character is faced with a supreme challenge when his ship is damaged in the middle of the ocean. He battles storms and other adversities, using all of his knowledge and skill in an attempt to survive. A subtle message about global consumerism as a shipping container full of sneakers damages the man's boat.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Very little is revealed about the main character. He has no name, and we don't know where he works, who is family is, or anything. All we know is what we can see: that he's a skilled sailor and that he will keep trying to survive against all odds.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: The character receives a bloody head wound after a brutal storm at sea. He treats and bandages himself. Overall, the movie is fairly intense, with violent storms thrashing at the poor, crippled ship, and the promise of death looming at every turn.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Not applicable

  • language false2

    Language: In a movie with barely any dialogue, the character yells "f--k!" -- one time -- at the heavens. There's also a moment when he mutters something under his breath that starts with "sh--," though the entire word is not audible.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The character drinks what looks like whisky in an early scene. No signs of drunkenness or dependency.