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
From bow to stern Chandor delivers pure cinema
Jordan Hoffman - Film.com
Even as All Is Lost expands Chandor's range with a far more engaging and determined work, the true auteur of All Is Lost is Redford himself.
Eric Kohn - indieWIRE
The movie is rigorous, serious and well-crafted, with Redford holding the screen using only his economical emotional reactions and physical presence.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
J.C. Chandor knows what a jewel he has in Redford, and he creates an appropriately simple, transparent setting.
Dana Stevens - Slate
All is Lost is about how human nature rebels against death, even when all hope is vanquished by adverse circumstances.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Robert Redford gives an impressive one-man show in this sea-stranded survival tale.
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
The feeling of doom, whether personal or planetary, is today pervasive. But All Is Lost, in the end, is a stirring, repudiation of its own title.
Jake Coyle - Associated Press
A signal film achievement and the capstone to a great star's career. This is Ultimate Redford.
Mary Corliss - TIME Magazine
Redford, who can play intelligence, wit and nuance to a camera like nobody's business, holds us in his grip. It's a master class in acting.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Redford could win first Best Actor Oscar of his great career.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
"All Is Lost," which is only Chandor's second film, reveals itself as remarkably skillful, surprisingly insightful and deeply moving.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
Like Gravity, this actually offers the greatest story of them all: one person's fight to stay alive.
David 'Mad Dog' Bradley - Rip It Up
All is Lost is outstanding and so the collaboration between Redford and writer/director J.C Chandor.
Blake Howard - 2UE That Movie Show
Frank G. DeMarco and Peter Zuccarini, dual cinematographers, gather gorgeous imagery especially those captured from beneath the ocean's surface.
Chandor never overplays his hand, and in doing so he creates a worthy portrait of a man in a dire situation that resonates with us all.
once Robert Redford is on screen, his muted, exasperated, hopeful performance is an exemplar of the physical. Our Man seems a man of reckless wealth and expansive estrangement: why is he at sea? Begging the larger question, why are we all at sea?
A commanding performance by Robert Redford with nary a word spoken. It makes up for the somewhat tedious running time.
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Superb, a brilliantly conceived, first-person masterpiece, totally immersive and compelling from first frame to last. It's easily one of the best survival films ever made, even with Gravity dominating everybody's praise.
Jim Schembri - 3AW
O rosto envelhecido, marcado e expressivo (e ainda belo) de Redford comunica uma infinidade de ideias e sentimentos com o minimo esforco.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Mark his name down as one to watch. Chandor could potentially turn out to be as fresh and innovative a talent of the likes of Christopher Nolan and Spike Jonze in the near future.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
This works just fine viewed as a stripped back tale of survival against the odds. The ending is the only moment where the metaphorical comes to the fore, and even then it's really just a matter of how literally you want to take the title.
Anthony Morris - The Vine
This film makes an excellent case that sometimes less can be so much more.
The low tech nature of All is Lost accentuates the primal (physical) nature of this struggle, while the technical prowess of Gravity emphasizes its more metaphysical (and less interesting) nature
Dan Jardine - Cinemania
All is Lost makes the familiar strikingly new. The filmmaker and his star hold their nerve, refusing easy outs and making you look - and listen - carefully to a starkly pure piece of cinema.
Craig Mathieson - Sydney Morning Herald
A subtle meditation on mind, body and spirit that's imbued with an aching amount of futility and loneliness
Cameron Williams - The Popcorn Junkie
If you're slightly intrigued by the premise, find the time to see All Is Lost. It's taking a chance and trying to give us something different.
Matthew Toomey - ABC Radio Brisbane
Full of detail, the film is almost claustrophobic at times as we stay inside the cabin of the yacht while the ocean heaves outside, the wind howls, the boat shrieks... it's a unique work
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
Uncluttered by narrative or dialogue, Robert Redford gives an astounding performance - spending most of the film literally and psychologically hanging on
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
It's a rare example of pure cinema, and that, in itself, gives it a stature to which few Hollywood films these days aspire.
David Stratton - The Australian
Chandor has produced a minimalist gem.
Sandra Hall - Sydney Morning Herald
This is the most compelling tale of nautical peril since Steven Spielberg's Jaws.
Tom Clift - FILMINK (Australia)
'Captain Phillips' wasn't the only see-worthy vessel of 2013.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
We (and he) know he's screwed. The tension comes from establishing just how badly.
Matt Glasby - Flicks.co.nz
Chandor clearly wanted to make something powerful and engrossing, but due to the simplistic nature of the film, what he ended up with was something dull and forgettable.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
The film attains an operatic grandeur in its closing moments, and surprisingly earns it: Chandor's intensely physical, experiential work has brought us right up to the perilous edge between life and death.
- Sight and Sound
The most remarkable feat in J.C. Chandor's stranded-in-the-sea survival story All Is Lost is star Robert Redford's ability to shave on open water.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
The Old Man IN the Sea!
Kam Williams - Baret News
(Redford) is quite effective in the film's slower moments, while thoroughly rattled when reacting to the elements.
Matthew Sorrento - Film International
So threadbare that there's nothing to grasp onto to care about.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
We've seen this story before, but Chandor dares to construct it so far from convention, and, surprisingly, it resonates come closer to home in the process.
Joe Utichi - FilmFocus
A drama full of intrigue, built on close identification with the imperilled floater.
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
Gravity's great weakness was the unnecessarily abundant corny dialogue. All Is Lost is makes no such compromises.
Donald Clarke - Irish Times
As the film goes on, we see Redford in a new light. A light dimmer and paler and murkier. Once a golden god on screen, there now remains a hobbled everyman.
Jordan Hiller - Bangitout.com
Who is this sailor? Where does he come from? Chandor never sees fit to tell us. His hero remains a deliberate stencil, defined solely by the crisis around him and the actions he takes.
Xan Brooks - Observer [UK]
the film generates a wonderful sense of claustrophobia on the open sea. Imagine a movie with the lyrical beauty of a Terrence Malick project crossed with the virtuosity of Tom Hanks in Cast Away.
Graham Young - Birmingham Mail
Technically, this is a hugely impressive film but it still left me feeling a little underwhelmed.
Andy Lea - Daily Star
[Redford] speaks barely a handful of lines in All Is Lost, but the film still manages to feel like an internal monologue, a conversation between one man and himself.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
The utter solitude is almost vertiginous.
Chandor's movie gives us the Hemingwayish essentials and then some.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
There's something powerful lurking in the deep.
Sophie Monks Kaufman - Little White Lies
Impressively paced and superbly shot, this is a powerful and ultimately terrifying drama with stunning sound design work and an Oscar-worthy performance from Robert Redford.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
At a time when filmmakers are desperately throwing everything at the screen and seeing what sticks, it's refreshing to see a film like All Is Lost come along and turn the more-is-more formula on its head.
John Nugent - Sky Movies
This beautifully-directed drama succeeds to a certain experimental extent but drags on for a bit too long.
John Hanlon - John Hanlon Reviews
If you are a big Robert Redford fan you should eat this movie up since he is the only person in the movie. The downside, he is the only person in the movie.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
With no 3D, no friends and no hope, Redford and Chandor show how survivalist instincts can stoke thrilling, thoughtful cinema.
Kevin Harley - Total Film
A very beautiful and intense piece of survival drama...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
After the award-winning Margin Call, writer-director J.C. Chandor shifts gears completely for this fiercely detailed one-man survival drama.
Rich Cline - Contactmusic.com
[Redford] gives a commanding performance as the nameless protagonist that makes the complete lack of characterisation an irrelevance.
Philip Concannon - The Skinny
All Is Lost is very pure film-making, set entirely on the water, without dialogue, just showing us the man's fight to survive from moment to moment.
David Sexton - This is London
the Cliffs Notes version of the deeper, more profound character study that never transpires on-screen
Jay Antani - Cinema Writer
A triumph of pure cinema and wonderful visual storytelling from Chandor, who must now be considered the real deal, while Redford is sublime in what could well be the performance of his career.
Chris Hewitt (UK) - Empire Magazine
All is Lost is superior craftsmanship on the part of the filmmaker and his star, making a late-in-life "coming of age" story that transitions into a man's twilight and burns bright.
Michael Smith - Tulsa World
All Is Lost boils down the art of filmmaking to the essential parts, making even the slightest decisions evident and powerful.
Matt Patches - IGN Movies
As written and directed by young American filmmaker J.C. Chandor, All is Lost is a classic case of man-against-nature.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
Even Redford bailing water for 106 minutes can be a bit much.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
The movie has the feel of a beautifully conceived and elegantly composed short story with a remarkable and consistently surprising degree of emotional resonance.
Nathan Southern - TV Guide's Movie Guide
This is one man, alone, facing death. Redford is playing himself, and he's not playing around.
- Willamette Week
It's the detail and precision of his storytelling style that makes All Is Lost so engrossing.
Geoffrey Macnab - Independent
[Redford] brings both physicality and emotion to the role, subtly shifting from anger to surprise to despair. It's a completely naturalistic performance, stripped of ego or artifice, and you often forget you're watching a Hollywood icon.
Jeff Meyers - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
It's not as tense as Gravity, but just as suspenseful, and almost as exhilarating.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Stylistically it's a serious about-face from director J. C. Chandor, whose excellent debut feature Margin Call was stuffed with actors as Wall Street types talking a mile a minute.
Dave White - Movies.com
if the film maintains our attention, it is simply because we connect with the base desire to survive, which embodied by someone like Robert Redford becomes all the more gripping
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
This is an uncommonly absorbing movie.
[Redford] barely utters a word and yet manages to give one of the finest performances of his long career.
Allan Hunter - The List
a film of action and suspense with no guns and no villains but the sea and an inevitable death.
Mark R. Leeper - Mark Leeper's Reviews
The key ingredient to the film's success is Redford's vulnerability. He's trying so desperately to stay alive that he has few moments for reflection, but they register - and all without the aid of dialogue.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
The movie pares its man-vs.-the elements, man-vs.-himself theme to the barest bones, yet it's timely as well as timeless, as Chandor acknowledges the coldness of the corporate as well as natural environment.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
All Is Lost should have been a movie that has you thinking for days; instead it ends with a brief sigh of relief and a shrug.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
Low on narrative but an exciting, incredibly filmed misadventure nonetheless.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Redford's now leathery exterior is in such contrast to his once striking youthful good looks yet there is still beauty in that well worn face.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
This shipwreck isn't a train wreck by any means, but, in the case of the writer-director's sophomore outing, less really is less. All Is Lost winds up nautical miles from all it might have been.
Rick Kisonak - Film Threat
Nobody else appears on screen with Redford and there is almost no dialog in the film. This is a one man show. One man against the sea.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
A spectacular, galvanizing display of how this one-time Hollywood "golden boy," now 77, can still commandeer the screen.
Neil Pond - American Profile
Even 'The Old Man and the Sea' had more meat on it. That, of course, is a huge compliment.
Matt Prigge - Metro
This unusual film has a good chance of taking you along for its ride even though you might wonder how such a slight film could hold your attention.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Robert's Redford has two-lines in the whole movie but his acting is still incredible. The movie isn't.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
The vacuum-sealed status of this man admittedly places some distance between him and viewers, although the presence of Redford in the role goes a long way toward closing the gap.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Even if it's not the greatest movie of the year, All Is Lost is certainly one of the most unique movies of the year.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Though a picture may not really be worth a thousand words, striking images can hold our attention when no words are forthcoming.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Five minutes alone with him in All Is Lost will make you feel like a chump for ever suspecting [Redford] was done for. The charisma never went away; it's only aged into a very fine vintage, indeed.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
A gripping exercise in visual storytelling.
John Serba - MLive.com
You would think a movie packed with scenes like "Redford repairs a hole in a boat," "Redford inventories supplies" and "Redford eats some beans out of a can" would make for tedious viewing, and yet I was transfixed.
Mathew DeKinder - Suburban Journals of St. Louis
We get the predictable plot points - storms, sharks, close calls with passing ships - but it feels like a uniquely handmade artifact.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
It's supremely skillful acting reminiscent of his memorable turn more than 40 years ago as the mountain man of few words fighting to survive in Jeremiah Johnson.
Jane Sumner - Austin American-Statesman
All is Lost is a testament to a great actor, an experimental piece of cinema and a bit of a bore.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Redford does a fantastic job of conveying every nuance of emotion in his character with just a look or a gesture.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
It's great to see Robert Redford caring enough to dig deep enough for this kind of performance this late in his career.
Clint O'Connor - Cleveland Plain Dealer
J.C. Chandor wrote and directed "All Is Lost," but Robert Redford owns it.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
An Amazing Minimalist Turn from Redford.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
"All is Lost" is disciplined, elemental filmmaking built around a disciplined, elemental performance, and it's one of the best films of the year.
It's just humanity at its most basic.
Cameron Meier - Orlando Weekly
A surprisingly successful stunt. How successful it is will vary from viewer to viewer.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Working only with a sinking boat, a willing star, and the open water, and the helmer is able to create one of the most suspenseful, striking features of 2013.
Brian Orndorf - Blu-ray.com
Writer/director J.C. Chandor crafts a survival tale that is as tumultuous emotionally as it is environmentally, amply proving that audiences do not need complicated plotting or reams of exposition in order to care for the people they're watching.
Todd Gilchrist - Comic Book Resources
Redford sails alone, but no man is an island
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
Can resourcefulness conquer bad luck?
Robert Denerstein - Movie Habit
The ordeal envelops us with each roll of the waves.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
A survival story that eschews melodramatic exaggeration in favor of a straightforward approach that extends to Redford's understated yet authoritative performance.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
From the moment Our Man awakens to discover he's stranded at sea, to its Rorschach conclusion - what do you see, and what does that say about you? - All Is Lost is both practical and spiritual, now and Zen.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
As a solo sailor on a hostile sea, Robert Redford doesn't so much play to the camera, as tolerate it, showing that, even at 77, he's so much more than a pretty face, a buttery voice and an athletic physique.
Thelma Adams - Yahoo! Movies
A gripping one-man show
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
... a bracing nautical adventure. Think 'Old Man and the Sea' by way of 'The Perfect Storm' ... Redford in a revelatory performance, maybe his best ever.
Glenn Lovell - CinemaDope
An impressively audacious effort...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
A marvel of minimalist film-making, a great, iconic actor in a virtual silent film.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Redford's amazing, nuanced and heartbreaking but never showy performance, arguably his best in his very long and varied career. (Full Content Review for Parents also available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Diana Saenger - ReviewExpress.com
A noble-minded, but only partly successful film - one that will probably be a riveting moviegoing experience for some, but an unsatisfying trip across the ocean for others.
Sandy Schaefer - ScreenRant
Robert Redford's acting career has been sending out an S.O.S. for years.Finally, someone has tossed him a lifeline.
Al Alexander - The Patriot Ledger
As a rugged yet wise exploration of manhood and mortality, All Is Lost gives great Hemingway.
Jason Anderson - The Grid
The acting is note-perfect, a career performance from a man who has been in the business for more than 50 years.
Chris Knight - National Post
An intense thriller that keeps the audience gripped with fear, despair and hope.
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
"All is Lost" is a unique cinematic experience that should be seen on the big screen.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Both a thrilling adventure and a subtle character portrait, "All Is Lost" is the best Redford movie since his brilliant "All the President's Men" 37 years ago.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
All is Lost does not move at a brisk clip, or a tedious drag. Chandor knows exactly the proper speed of each scene and carries it out with Pete Beaudreau's editing in appropriate sync.
The human drive to survive is what fuels this story of resilience and perseverance.
Annlee Ellingson - Paste Magazine
A showcase for Robert Redford like he hasn't had in years and further proof that the writer/director of "Margin Call" is one to watch.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
Jostling around on the same flat level, spurts of interest coming but few and far between, "All Is Lost" should send one away with a dropped, unsettled stomach. Instead, it doesn't elicit much more than a shrug.
Burning with a young man's vigor and stripped bare of every ounce of celebrity, Redford commands the screen and drags us into the watery ordeal with him.
[Chandor]'s made an old man's movie, with real perspective about how we face things once we reach a certain point in our lives, but with all the passion and creative daring that young men bring to the table.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
An ocean of metaphor.
Matt Pais - RedEye
This is a beautiful portrayal of not just the human spirit, but what our meager species goes through just to keep drawing breath.
Anders Wright - San Diego Union-Tribune
Chandor and Redford make every moment matter in this fascinating film (despite an ending that will divide audiences).
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
The real victory in All Is Lost is how much Chandor is able to communicate about the human spirit with so few strokes.
Katherine Monk - Canada.com
Robert Redford's true grit and some wizardly images, not the script, are what make this one-man survival epic ineluctably compelling.
Michael Sragow - Orange County Register
Even at the age of 77, Redford can command a screen, and he's the main reason to watch this man-against-nature story.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
As a "man vs. wild" adventure in the Jack London mode...All is Lost has plenty of fearsome moments, but the deeper fears are existential: man in mortal contention with an indifferent universe.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
In a sense, it's the simplest thing in storytelling to create a character in peril that an audience can relate to. But to pull it off like this demonstrates astonishing maturity in [Chandor's] craft.
Marc Mohan - Oregonian
In lesser hands, his character's ordeal might have been portrayed with big punctuation marks and dramatic flourishes. Redford's reactions are honest, in tune with a man of the sea.
Randy Myers - San Jose Mercury News
When did Robert Redford turn into the male Sandra Bullock?
Tony Macklin - tonymacklin.net
As an actor, Redford feels impenetrable which may be why it's easy to project yourself onto him, but the title, like the protagonist, stands like a dare to reverse fate.
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo - Movies With Butter
I ultimately admired it more as a high degree-of-difficulty achievement than as a film
Stephen Silver - EntertainmentTell
In the late 1960s and early '70s, a young Robert Redford proved he could hold his own, on his own, against nature and the screen with 'Downhill Racer' and 'Jeremiah Johnson.' Four decades later he's still proving it with the thrilling 'All Is Lost.'
Greg Evans - Bloomberg News
Robert Redford gives the performance of his life in this one man show brilliantly directed by J.C.Chandor. It's a towering achievement for both of them.
Pete Hammond - Movieline
It seems more determined to impress than to entertain. However, it succeeds wildly on the first count, which may make it worth seeing for many adventurous teens and parents.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Common Sense Media
Redford's voice might be largely silent, but the soul is there and the magnitude of all that is lost hits home.
Robert Levin - amNewYork
Here is a formidable opus whose real spiritual relative is Tennyson's "Ulysses". Yes. "All is Lost" is that good.
The sort of unique, uncompromising movie that immediately undercuts the 'They don't make em like they used to' complaints.
...a surprisingly unsparing and rigorous piece of work, tinged with an unsentimental fatalism.
Chris Barsanti - PopMatters
It makes for an ambitious experiment even if the drama isn't always compelling. Yet the result is quietly powerful and never becomes waterlogged.
Todd Jorgenson - Cinemalogue.com
A fascinating voyage across a vast ocean, and into the great uncharted waters of our selves.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Redford is the film's most credible ingredient of all; in many key scenes it is evident that he is performing his own stunts.
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
A beautifully gripping survivalist story.
Eric D. Snider - GeekNation
I was completely absorbed throughout All is Lost and appreciated the skill with which Chandor brought his very specific vision to life.
Ethan Alter - Television Without Pity
This steadily absorbing man-adrift-on-a-damaged-sailboat saga has possibly the three most suspenseful sequences of the year.
Kent Turner - Film-Forward.com
Redford gives a performance from which all vanity has been stripped away.
Kurt Loder - MTV
Chandor, within the confines he has set for himself, has done an excellent job of locking us into his hero's predicament.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
Like "Gravity", a film about survival that opens to great acclaim--in this case well-deserved.
Louis Proyect - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Who is "Our Man"? What did he do in life? Why was he out there? It doesn't matter. All that matters is this moment, and the next moment, and the moment after that.
Mike D'Angelo - AV Club
Palpably suspenseful, engrossing, bold and intelligent. It's a new American classic that will be remembered for many years to come. Robert Redford delivers a tour de force performance.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
It would be one thing if All is Lost merely pulled you in with a firm grip and true skill; what's even more impressive is what it says to you once it has you in its grasp.
Like the best of the genre, its relentless focus on the material and the practical also gestures subtly at a life of the soul, however battered.
Ella Taylor - NPR
After being Oscar nominated for his first film's screenplay, writer/director J.C. Chandor ("Margin Call") leapfrogs forward with his second, which, ironically, features only one voice over and two instances of dialogue, one consisting of only one word.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Redford reconfirms his legend without resorting to movie myth
Bill Gibron - Film Racket
I respect what it's trying to do, and its attempts to overcome the constraints it gave itself. But it evaporates the minute it's over. It's a noble, and failed, experiment.
Will Leitch - Deadspin
The approach results in one scene of heart-in-throat action after another, with Chandor's immersive approach shoring up Redford's remarkable, understated performance.
Keith Phipps - The Dissolve
[VIDEO ESSAY] Robert Redford gives the finest performance of his career in writer-director J.C. Chandor's literal and metaphorical tale of one man's attempts to survive on the high seas.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
A mesmerizing, compelling and deeply profound high-seas adventure in which Robert Redford gives one of the most fulfilling and rewarding performances of his career.
Scott A. Mantz - Access Hollywood
A bravura performance in a gripping film that joins Gravity in the competition to be the year's most harrowing.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
Redford's finest hour.
Stranded and alone as he battles the stormy sea and his mortality, Robert Redford delivers a commanding lead performance in All Is Lost, a nearly wordless but captivating drama from J.C. Chandor.
- We Got This Covered
It's the salvation of the moviegoing year.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out
It's nothing new to watch an impressive survival story onscreen, but rare to see it done this well.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
Redford gives the kind of career-capping performance many of his contemporaries could only dream of.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
All Is Lost has moments of beauty, but the movie as a whole feels detached, almost clinical.
Daniel Eagan - Film Journal International
Despite all those critical hosannas coming out of Cannes, the movie stalls in the doldrums.
Kirk Honeycutt - honeycuttshollywood.com
More than a dandy counterpoint to the megahit Gravity, J.C Chandor's thrilling adventure is also a remarkable existential ride.
Joanna Langfield - The Movie Minute
The camera rocks with the creaks, cracks, and other sounds of encroaching disequilibrium, while an actor in his element anchors your gaze-and gives the performance of his life.
Robert Redford will get a Best Actor Oscar nomination for this awesome, extraordinary adventure on an unforgiving sea.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
In the tradition of Crane, London and Hemingway, 'All Is Lost' is unsermonized Man against Nature at the same time as Man against Himself.
Donald J. Levit - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
A visually striking man versus nature story about enduring when the elements are conspiring against you.
Simon Reynolds - Digital Spy
Breaks story-telling conventions by deliberately focusing on a single character, one with no back story, all in the service of praising individuality, resilience and ingenuity.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
An immersive drama about being resilient and facing the fear we all have of dying alone; one of the Best Films of 2013.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
J.C. Chandor creates an austere snapshot of human struggle, ingenuity, and perseverance, one that's predicated on Robert Redford's fantastic performance.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
All Is Lost is a movie that is understated, yet still manages to play out on a staggeringly huge canvas; the personal and the universal one and the same.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
All Is Lost is amazing, deeply moving, and a harking back to an age when the best mainstream films might be the best pictures America made.
David Thomson - The New Republic
All Is Lost was clearly a challenge to produce, and it makes its own demands on its viewers. It's a worthwhile effort on both counts.
Forsaking the chatter of his risibly exposition-heavy MARGIN CALL (11), and one-upping LIFE OF PI by stripping things down to the bare minimum, Chandor charts an admirably uncompromising if curiously aloof course into nothingness.
Nicolas Rapold - Film Comment Magazine
All the drama we need is in the moment, and that's where the movie stays.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
A film that very eloquently provides an argument for the survival of heroes, or at least one hero.
John Bleasdale - Electric Sheep
For the most part The Immigrant is works in an incredibly satisfying and affecting manner.
Craig Skinner - HeyUGuys
...Chandor who had already impressed us in a very different manner with his first film, here shows himself in a new light, that showcases his technical aptitude and remarkable sense of pacing and rhythm.
Jessica Kiang - The Playlist
Redford's fiercely committed and quite brilliant performance is the reason to see this daringly minimalist, slightly overlong curio.
Shaun Munro - Film School Rejects
The film's scope is limited, but as far as it goes, All Is Lost is very good indeed: a neat idea, very nimbly executed.
Robbie Collin - Daily Telegraph
Engrossing both dramatically and as a minimalist narrative exercise, All Is Lost is a survival-at-sea story powered by an emphasis on realism and a refusal to allow any false emotional beats to impede on this unsentimental tale.
Tim Grierson - Screen International
Redford delivers a tour de force performance: holding the screen effortlessly with no acting support whatsoever.
A grim and rather relentless analogy for the slow march towards death: every bad thing can and does happen, with almost comical inevitability, and by the hour mark, you find yourself begging for a shark attack that might put poor Red out of his misery.
Simon Gallagher - What Culture