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All or Nothing (2002)All or Nothing (2002)

All or Nothing (2002)

Mike Leigh goes all-in with this devastating drama

Comedy, Drama

best
THE VERY BEST

8.1

movie

France, UK

Arabic, English, French

Character-driven, Depressing, Slice-of-Life

2002

Mike Leigh

Alan Williams, Alex Kelly, Alison Garland

128 min

Synopsis

Penny works at a supermarket and Phil is a gentle taxi-driver. Penny’s love for Phil has run dry and they lead joyless lives with their two children, Rachel, a cleaner, and Rory, who is unemployed and aggressive.

Our Take

8.1
Igor Fishman

Grounded by Lesley Manville and Timothy Spall’s powerhouse performances, this gut-wrenching family drama from Mike Leigh is an acting juggernaut. Penny and Phil are a working-class couple whose marriage is rapidly deteriorating and pushed to the brink when their son, played by a young James Corden, is hospitalized. 

While Manville and Spall are centered as the leads, Leigh draws a staggering amount of depth from Corden as well as a young Sally Hawkins who plays a neighbor. Despite being one of Leigh’s grimmest films, there is still a profound sweetness lingering at the edges as the story teeters between despondency and hope.

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