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All is Lost (12A)

Action, Adventure, Drama

After a collision with a shipping container at sea, a resourceful sailor finds himself, despite all efforts to the contrary, staring his mortality in the face.

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The critical consensus

All is Lost is all the more compelling for the way it dares to put its faith in lean, pared-to-the-bone storytelling and a simple salute to the tenacity of the human spirit. One of this year’s pleasant surprises.

****(*)Allan Hunter, The List, 09/12/2013

All of this might feel like little more than an audacious stunt if it wasn’t for the bold ending; it will surely divide opinion, but it establishes All Is Lost as a profoundly moving meditation on life and death.

*****Philip Concannon, The Skinny, 16/12/2013

All Is Lost is absorbing if you are in the mood for elemental cinema.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 22/12/2013

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, Empire Online

With no 3D, no friends and no hope, Redford and Chandor show how survivalist instincts can stoke thrilling, thoughtful cinema. If Gravity grabbed you, hop aboard and hold tight.

****(*)Kevin Harley, Total Film, 23/12/2013

Mesmerised by the water, less so by the man navigating its waves.

***(*)(*)Sophie Monks Kaufman, Little White Lies, 24/12/2013

Directed by J.C. Chandor (Margin Call) it’s impeccably made but not tense or exciting enough. Redford’s resourceful character is too impassive and together for most of the running time.

***(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 27/12/2013

J C Chandor’s brilliant film starring Robert Redford fulfills all the criteria of new mini-genre of survival stories.

*****Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 26/12/2013

What a strikingly bold and thoughtful film.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 26/12/2013

It’s too bad, then, that Chandor blows it with a disappointing ending that doesn’t do justice to the performance that Redford – face weather-beaten, eyes full of anxiety – gives for the duration of the movie.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 28/12/2013

Icy, intense and brilliantly unadorned.

****(*)Xan Brooks, The Observer, 29/12/2013

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Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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