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All or Nothing

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All or Nothing

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
128 minutes
Limited Release Date:
10/25/02
performer:
Lesley Manville, Timothy Spall, James Corden, Alison Garland
director:
Mike Leigh
distributor:
MGM
author:
8464
genre:
Drama, Comedy

We gave it a C+

A school-bus driver, identified only as P, is on the brink of overcoming a gambling addiction. Then he lands a six-figure slots jackpot, but loses his family, self-respect, and moral compass in the bargain. Knee deep in riches, P must get his life in order while trying — unsuccessfully — to avoid the pull of the casino. Though Preston L. Allen traces the harrowing tribulations of dependency in All or Nothing, he fails to generate much sympathy for his unlikable protagonist who, among other things, takes money from his poor, dying mother. There are some stirring moments in the final chapters, but it’s hardly worth the gamble. C+

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