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All or Nothing (2002)



Critic Consensus: All or Nothing's depiction of the working-class can be depressingly bleak, but the performances are wonderfully true to life.

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A drama set in present-day London in which a supermarket checkout girl named Penny begins to fall out of love with her taxi-driver boyfriend, Phil. Their daughter Rachel cleans in a home for elderly people, and their son Rory is unemployed and aggressive. The joy has gone out of Phil's and Penny's life, but when an unexpected tragedy occurs, they are brought together to rediscover their love.

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Ruth Sheen
as Maureen
Sally Hawkins
as Samantha
Robert Wilfort
as Crash Driver
Harry Lennix
as Jackson
Edna Dore
as Martha
Buddy Uzzaman
as passenger
Jean Ainslie
as old lady
Badi Uzzaman
as Passenger
Parvez Qadir
as passenger
Oliver Golding
as Small Boy
Henri McCarthy
as Small Boy
Ben Wattley
as Small Boy
Leo Bill
as young man
Peter Stockbridge
as man with flowers
Brian Bovell
as garage owner
Michele Austin
as care worker
Alex Kelly
as neurotic woman
Emma Lowndes
as Party-Girl
Maxine Peake
as Party-Girl
Matt Bardock
as Man at Bar
Mark Benton
as Man at Bar
Dorothy Atkinson
as silent passenger
Heather Craney
as Silent Passenger
Martin Savage
as Silent Passenger
Joe Tucker
as fare dodger
Di Botcher
as Supervisor Nurse
Daniel Ryan
as crash driver
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Critic Reviews for All or Nothing

All Critics (94) | Top Critics (31)

Leigh cuts between and through the potential soapiness of these different family dramas to show a broader mosaic of the human condition, defined by birth, death, and all - or nothing - that happens in between.

November 19, 2021 | Full Review…

Mike Leigh goes spelunking in search of the English soul, finds gold.

May 28, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/4

For close to two hours the audience is forced to endure three terminally depressed, mostly inarticulate, hyper dysfunctional families for the price of one.

January 17, 2003

An unsentimental, but nevertheless touching and sincere, reflection on the meaning of family and the fragility of love.

December 5, 2002 | Rating: 4/5

This is an elegantly balanced movie -- every member of the ensemble has something fascinating to do -- that doesn't reveal even a hint of artifice.

November 19, 2002 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The film feels uncomfortably real, its language and locations bearing the unmistakable stamp of authority.

November 15, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for All or Nothing

I'm not really sure how he does it, but I always get a little uncomfortable when I watch a Mike Leigh movie. Life just never gives his characters a break.

Saskia D.
Saskia D.

Super Reviewer

"All or Nothing" is more a collection of good scenes than a good film. Laboriously workshopped in director Mike Leigh's usual fashion, the story centers on a financially struggling family in a rundown apartment complex. The father (Timothy Spall, his doughy face permanently froze in a blank torpor) is a slack cabbie. The mother (Lesley Manville, steadily whimpering) is a grocery checker. Their two young-adult children are both significantly overweight -- he (James Corden) is coarse and unemployed, while she (Alison Garland) cleans up at an old-age home. The family's neighbors also wander in and out of scenes, most notably a feisty tease named Samantha (Sally Hawkins, who later played a much different role in Leigh's "Happy-Go-Lucky") and an empathetic mother (Ruth Sheen). Sheen -- sort of an Edith Bunker type -- steals the movie with her fragile warmth and weakly reassuring smile. Wish her role had been larger. Eventually, a health crisis forces the family to re-examine its emotional bonds. If you crave more plot than this, you're pursuing the wrong director. "All or Nothing" is relentlessly downbeat and depressing, and doesn't manage to supply enough insights to make its bleak ride worthwhile. Furthermore, the script's treatment of Corden borders on cruelty. The film's acting is certainly strong, but Leigh has done better.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer


Image and video hosting by TinyPic All or nothing involved lots of characters which were great among each other in their own ways. The movie used the first hour to build up the link between each of them and it serves as a nice creation for the story to go further. The casting of the movie was excellent. The actors and actresses are just like the real people around us. Not bad,

Daisy  Maduro
Daisy Maduro

Super Reviewer

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