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All or Nothing

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United Kingdom, France
·
2002

Rated R · 2h 8m

Director Mike Leigh
Starring Timothy Spall, Lesley Manville, James Corden, Alison Garland

Genre Comedy, Drama

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An acutely tragicomic depiction of the everyday lives of three working-class families in contemporary London. The mundane experiences of taxi drivers, nurses, cashiers, and those struggling to find a job are explored with a tender generosity, as they move through each day dealing with work, relationship problems, health issues, and familial strife.

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75

San Francisco Chronicle by Edward Guthmann

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.
70

The A.V. Club by Keith Phipps

It's a hard-won comfort, found here over a bleak stretch of days, but All Or Nothing makes it look like the best life has to offer.
75

New York Post by Megan Lehmann

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.
40

New York Magazine (Vulture) by Peter Rainer

The empathy never lifts off -- never becomes poetry. It doesn't help that Leigh indulges his unfortunate habit of larding the soundtrack with draggy, mournful music, heavy on the cello.
70

Variety by Todd McCarthy

The wealth of behavioral detail and observational humor make for some rewarding drama that will resonate with many viewers.
63

Boston Globe by Ty Burr

Grueling, heavy-handed, and surprisingly insight-free. For once, a gaggle of Leigh characters hasn't jelled beyond the level of its cast's conceits.

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