(2013)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

Based on 45 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
Redford, already a giant, has never been more suggestive. His character's misadventure - might be a kind of cosmic penance. It's the salvation of the moviegoing year.
100
A genuine nail-biter, scrupulously made and fully involving, elemental in its simplicity.
100
All Is Lost is movie magic on many levels but most importantly as the rare opportunity to watch a seasoned actor at the pinnacle of his power.
100
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.
100
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.
100
Redford will surely earn a well-deserved Oscar nomination for this role, to which he commits with unerring dedication. But the real star is writer/director Chandor, whose painstaking approach is exquisite in its spare integrity.
100
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.
100
Here is a formidable opus whose real spiritual relative is Tennyson's "Ulysses". Yes. All is Lost is that good.
100
All Is Lost works quite brilliantly on its most basic narrative level.
91
Chandor delivers pure cinema. Thrilling and adventuresome, this is a career highlight from the uniquely sympathetic Robert Redford.
91
The movie is an impressively realized work of minimalist storytelling that foregrounds Redford's physicality more than any other role in his celebrated career. His performance defines the movie to an almost shockingly experimental degree.
90
New York Magazine (Vulture)
In his late seventies, Robert Redford has never held the camera as magnificently as he does in the survival-at-sea thriller All Is Lost.
90
It's a classic tale of survival that draws on how movies, in the right hands, can make viewers see the world through others' eyes, and to feel what keeps them grasping as it threatens to slip away.
88
This solo ordeal won't be to every taste, but All Is Lost is a grand vehicle for the actor and for that viewer ready to consider his or her own mortality, the problems, conflicts, strengths and shortcomings you're sure you leave behind when you just sail away.
88
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.
88
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.
83
All Is Lost is a taut, superbly crafted addition to the survival story genre.
80
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.
80
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.
80
All is Lost is as quiet as "Margin Call" was chatty; at a minimum, you might call this film a procedural. But 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.
70
Redford, who can't avoid exuding charisma, plays this role with utter naturalism and lack of histrionics or self-regard.
63
J.C. Chandor creates an austere snapshot of human struggle, ingenuity, and perseverance, one that's predicated on Robert Redford's fantastic performance.
60
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.
60
Redford delivers a tour de force performance: holding the screen effortlessly with no acting support whatsoever.

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