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All Is Bright (released as Almost Christmas in the UK) is a 2013 comedy-drama film directed by Phil Morrison. It stars Paul Giamatti and Paul Rudd, with Sally Hawkins and Amy Landecker in supporting roles.

All Is Bright
All Is Bright film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPhil Morrison
Produced byElizabeth Giamatti
Dan Carey
Sidney Kimmel
John Penotti
Written byMelissa James Gibson
StarringPaul Giamatti
Paul Rudd
Sally Hawkins
Amy Landecker
Music byGraham Reynolds
CinematographyW. Mott Hupfel III
Edited byJeff Buchanan
Distributed byAnchor Bay Films
Release date
  • April 18, 2013 (2013-04-18) (Tribeca)
  • September 10, 2013 (2013-09-10) (United States)
Running time
107 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$4,556[1]

The film debuted at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, with a video on demand release following on September 10, 2013. It was released in theaters on October 4, 2013.[2]


While out on parole, Dennis (Giamatti) reluctantly takes a job selling Christmas trees with his old friend Rene (Rudd) in order to make enough money to buy his estranged daughter the piano she has always wanted.



All Is Bright was filmed in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Its name was changed from the original title of Almost Christmas[3] to All Is Bright.

The antics of the two lead characters have been suggested to be based on the amalgamation of famous misadventures of employees from North Pole Xmas Trees, a famous family business from Nashua, New Hampshire.


The film currently has a 48% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 40 reviews, with an average rating of 5.49/10. The critical consensus states: "Well-acted but uneven, All Is Bright strands a pair of strong performances from Paul Giamatti and Paul Rudd in a meandering script."[4] Metacritic reports a weighted average of 54/100 based on 15 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[5]


  1. ^ "All is Bright (2013)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved January 12, 2014.
  2. ^ Box Office Mojo: All Is Bright, Released October 4 to October 6.
  3. ^ Scheib, Ronnie; Scheib, Ronnie (April 26, 2013). "Tribeca Film Review: 'Almost Christmas'".
  4. ^ "All Is Bright (2013)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 27, 2019.
  5. ^ "All Is Bright Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 27, 2019.

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