All Is Lost Reviews

  • This is only the second film by Chandor, and he works in a style of great purity. There's hardly a 'movieish' moment to speak of in All Is Lost.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • An action movie in the most profound and exalted sense of the term ...

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • Chandor proves that the elements, combined with the varied and subtle talents of a veteran actor, are all that is needed to make a captivating, nail-biting thriller.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Redford brings the watchfulness that has served him so well to every moment of "All Is Lost," infusing what is already a perfectly entertaining adventure with rich veins of symbolism and meta-meaning.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • A nearly perfect thing: Economic, elegant, and elemental, it's a cleanly observed tale of one man trying, choice by choice, to keep the odds going in his favor.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • The will to survive is moving enough-here it is, stripped to its elements, and if you can't bring yourself to care about something that simple then the problem is you, not the movies.

    Alan Scherstuhl — Village Voice

  • It's just a guy. On a boat. For 107 minutes. And every one of those minutes is riveting.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • I bought in-much to my surprise, since it promised to be a stunt-and far from feeling any remorse, I grew more invested as the going got rough.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • All Is Lost is very much Redford's triumph. His turn isn't pure disappearance so much as a brilliantly human example of cresting and plummeting, cresting and plummeting.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • Chandor, who demonstrated a vivid talent for dialogue, mood, and characterization in the Wall Street meltdown movie Margin Call, here displays an ability to furiously carve up and then integrate a confined space.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • Redford isn't precisely stretching his range as an actor here or revealing a new side to us. Rather, he's finding the cleanest, clearest way to express a quiet man's wiles and resources.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • This is gripping as an adventure story even if doesn't achieve the profundity to which it aspires.

    Ben Sachs — Chicago Reader

  • There is incredible tension in this ordeal, this effort to survive, to find rescue, and Redford - an icon of the American film experience for more than half a century now - makes that tension deeply palpable.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • One actor. One setting. No back story. No dialogue. One hell of a movie.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Eventually, even the effort to survive becomes questionable. We are all isolated, we all succumb at some point. "All Is Lost" studies that point.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Although you may never be bored with "All Is Lost," you are rarely fully engaged.

    Randy Cordova — Arizona Republic

  • Goodness knows what this movie would be like without the brute force of Mr. Redford's intelligence, focus and self-confidence.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • An impressively spare, nearly dialogue-free stranded-at-sea drama starring a superb Robert Redford.

    Justin Chang — Variety

  • A gripping experience ... with its circling sharks, its sun-dappled beauty and its agonies of shattered hope.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • For all its formal austerity, All Is Lost also offers itself as a widescreen multiplex attraction, keeping all eyes glued on Our Man's dilemma, and every mind wondering if he'll manage to cheat death.

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

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