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All Good Things

All-thumbstandard After restless real-estate scion David Marks (Ryan Gosling) weds middle-class beauty Katie McCarthy (Kirsten Dunst) against the wishes of his disapproving father (Frank Langella), suspicions of murder fall on the unmoored heir when his wife mysteriously vanishes. Though he's not indicted in her disappearance, people with ties to the case begin turning up dead when it's reopened two decades later -- and the unhinged David is the prime suspect.
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Netflix Rating: 3.3
NYT Review
Andrew Jarecki revisits a decades-old crime in “All Good Things," a somewhat-true tale of the moneyed and dysfunctional. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 33%
Critics' score: 33   Audience score: 40   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

The case-history script is ever on-message, but Jarecki ignores the little details that create a credible social reality. full review

Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice

The unsolved crime turns out to be less mysterious than the mind of the killer, nervily portrayed by Gosling as not evil but unaccountably empty. full review

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader

Kirsten Dunst is so good here as a woman at a loss to understand who her husband really is, and what the true nature of his family involves. full review

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"All Good Things" has the eerie power of a nightmare. full review

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

As excellent as Gosling is - and the actor conveys the stillness of the man as well as the voices screaming in his head - Dunst matches him stride for stride. full review

Ty Burr, Boston Globe

It's a strange, thrilling tale begrimed by bad memories, by bad deeds. full review

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

Dunst is not the only person doing quality work in "All Good Things," but she is the only one worth watching. full review

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

As absorbing and detailed as "All Good Things" is, it never manages to levitate beyond tawdry movie-of-the-week voyeurism. full review

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

The script draws insistently obvious psychological connections. full review

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

Gosling is given the barest blueprint of a life gone terribly wrong and the actor struggles to make something out of nothing, though he does manage to give the older David an aura of weirdness that is downright creepy. full review

Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

You go away slack-jawed with shock and sated with the chilling bedtime-story elements of a great unsolved mystery novel you can't put down. full review

Rex Reed, New York Observer

It's a pretty picture or would be if the ominous music and camera position didn't seem directed at the man portentously lurking in the background. full review

Manohla Dargis, New York Times

Jarecki, the wealthy co-founder of Moviefone who directed the acclaimed documentary "Capturing the Friedmans," here presents another memorable portrait of a dysfunctional family over three decades. full review

Lou Lumenick, New York Post

The film ends up wrestling itself into a corner, though it's saved by a corrosive central performance from Ryan Gosling and a disconcertingly hypnotic feel. full review

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News

Although the movie posits a solution to an infamous missing person's case, it does so in a manner that is less than satisfying. full review

James Berardinelli, ReelViews

All Good Things throws so many narrative balls in the air that you may struggle to catch up. It's worth the effort. Jarecki is a master of the telling detail. full review

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

This feverishly creepy but dramatically miscalculated picture reps an unhappy marriage of murky psychodrama and dubious theorizing. full review

Justin Chang, Variety

What we have here is a somewhat higher grade of a Lifetime true-crime picture. full review

Glenn Kenny, MSN Movies

There's plenty of information on what (might have) happened, but not much thought given to why. full review

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  • Release Year: 2010
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Runtime: 120 min
  • Available From: Apr 28, 2011
  • Queued by: 2661 people
Directed By
Andrew Jarecki
Cast
Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, Frank Langella, Lily Rabe, Philip Baker Hall, Michael Esper, Diane Venora, Nick Offerman, Kristen Wiig, Stephen Kunken
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