A mother struggles to make a better life for her daughter.
A mother struggles to make a better life for her daughter.
Do not underestimate Katie Holmes. The quietly tenacious "Dawson's Creek" alum has seen her career interrupted by the ultimate triple whammy of disasters that can befall a rising Hollywood starlet: motherhood, Scientology (by proxy), and a flat performance in a Batman movie. And yet — long after most people had written her off — Holmes is still blazing her own trail. It hasn't always been pretty (remember her part in "Jack and Jill?"), but the scrappy actress has clawed her way back towards credibility — or at least towards visibility — with small parts in a wide variety of projects. From the esoteric Chekhov update "Days and Nights" to the misbegotten YA adaptation of "The Giver," Holmes has refused to…
I'm really glad that the first Katie Holmes film I watched happened to be her directorial debut. As an actress she is incredibly effortless and natural, and this reflects in her style as a director as well. She abandons all sense of vanity playing a single mother struggling to raise a teenage daughter in a way that's both realistic in its hardships yet optimistic, a balance that's hard to achieve. The characters in the film stand out well beyond what I expected, and acting was strong overall by everyone involved. Thank you Netflix for the apt reccomendation! More people should watch this film, not enough have.
Oftentimes, I like to say that, in my opinion, you only get one shot to prove you're a talented director. To prove you have a unique vision and undeniable voice. And, sadly, it feels like Katie Holmes blew her first shot. While All We Had had a pretty simple premise, it was also a premise that would have taken a real expert in the industry to bring to life without delving into hokey and cheesy predictability. For the most part, I guess(?) Holmes at least tried to avoid that.
To start off, the visuals in this film are awesome. In my opinion, Katie Holmes should probably be a cinematographer if she wants to work behind the camera instead of…
Josh Boone & Jill Killington's screenplay often gets messy, but Katie Holmes' impressive work in front of and behind the camera, along with the supporting cast and technical aspects, helps elevate All We Had above the material and make the end result an engaging enough drama.
Aggressively imperfect (looking at you, screenwriters), but failure vultures circling Katie Holmes should look elsewhere for their meal because this is actually a pretty strong directorial debut.
After fifteen years, I only see Luke Wilson as Richie Tenenbaum and I honestly don't know how to feel about it.
Katie Holmes debut in film directing. The story was a bit rough, but acting was on point. I'm excited to see other films directed by her. Ever since "Miss Meadows" I keep getting surprised by Katie.
I love small movies with flawed characters. When the problems feel real but not too overwhelming - getting the chance to look in on a life unlike my own. While not completely original this movie lived up to my expectations. It presented a mother daughter relationship worthy of screen time.
All We Had is a movie that often feels just as adrift as its main characters are. It's a film that is perpetually on the run but never quite going anywhere, stumbling repeatedly but earnest in its imperfections.
The directorial debut of Katie Holmes, All We Had is perfectly matched to her artistic sensibilities; scrappy, understated, and somehow both self-assured and self-conscious. Telling the story of a single mother and her struggle to raise her daughter while always moving from place to place, Holmes finds herself drawn repeatedly to the spaces between spaces: the windows of a diner as the gateways to or away from financial ruin, the breaking down of a car as the death sentence to a way…
What a wonderful, powerful film about a woman and her daughter.
This was an amazing directorial debut for Katie Holmes (correct me if i'm wrong). Her performance was spectacular in this as well.
The story is told through the daughters perspective, at first I was confused but then it makes sense as to why it was told by her.
While watching this I felt as if I was in those situations that these characters were in, it was hard to watch at times, but it made me like it even more because of it. If that makes any sense?
Pam: I'm scared to live. I won't even kill myself because I'm scared of God. I'm scared of... you know, whatever is waiting up there or down there.
Rita: Well, you survived this. You can survive anything. You just have to take a deep breath.
Way to close to home. Not bad but also not great. The young girl Ruthie and transgender waitress Pam are the highlights of this film. I just feel like it could have went a little deeper and worked on some of the predictable plots.
“ My mom was better at loving men than choosing them. With every new town came a new boyfriend.” -Ruthie
A good directorial debut by Katie. The ending felt incomplete to me and left me with questions.
Katie Holmes' directorial debut All We Had is the intimate story of Rita and Ruthie, a mother and daughter drifting from town to town, trying to survive. Based on the novel by Annie Weatherwax, the film is a heartfelt exploration of what it means to run aground in a time of economic crisis and personal trauma.
In the roles of mother and daughter are Katie Holmes and Stefania Owen, their performances powerful and evenly matched. Their resemblance is a masterstroke of casting, and their chemistry palpable. The story takes a number of twists, careening more than a few times toward desperation and violence, including one unforgettable scene featuring a tooth, hanging from a bathroom ceiling.
The book was optioned by…
I also watched this on the plane to France.
A plot formula in a film which has been done numerous times in other films marks Katie Holmes debut as a director. This particular story apparently has a source from a written novel and you could imagine the set-pieces would have been pretty straightforward to make the film interesting. As it also initiates promisingly good with admirably good performances from both "mother and daughter" in the lead roles it gets you captivated from the beginning. Unfortunately the flaws unveil themselves as the film progresses and the ending wasn't ideal following the story (maybe it was following the novel but what do i know i haven't read it). In spite of the fine performances, especially Katie Holmes' maybe best acting performance…
this movie makes me wish i didn’t have mommy issues
UNDERRATED NAVIGATION THROUGH A PERFECT STORM
A Huge Slice of "Down and Out" Life is what the Directorial Debut of Actress Katie Holmes (who also stars) serves to Enquiring Minds.
The Result is an Underrated, Heavily Clichéd, but ultimately Watchable Actor's Showcase.
The Actors bring to Life some Low-Life but Likable Characters Coalescing around a Struggling Small Town Diner.
The Diner is an Island on a Sea that is Experiencing a "Perfect Storm" of Personal, Cultural, and Societal Devastation.
Kathryn Reis is "Sally" the "Sister Looking" Daughter to a Mom (Katie Holmes), a Product of a "Child Services" Upbringing that was given No Tools or Education on the Subject of "Momhood".
Running Scared the Duo Travel from Town to Town…
61/ some shitty childhood troupes but a solid movie
My mom didn’t believe in maps, she believes in signs, & when the spirit hit her, she pulled over.
Decent directorial debut by Holmes. While I didn't understand all of her choices, she definitely made me care about the lead characters, and that counts for a lot in a small drama like this. Some aspects were underdeveloped, and I feel like some explanations were left on the cutting room floor. Especially the resolution, which seemed a bit rushed and patched together.
Wait - they lived happily ever after?
But overall I think it is worth a watch on Netflix.
Good movie and acting. However, the story line was a bit much in having every horrible situation immediately resolved in some small fashion. With that said, I thought everything else was really good.
Gives “Anywhere but here” vibes.
(& I LOVE “Anywhere but here”)
It was good then it wasn’t anymore, then it was good again then it meh...
“I’m scared to live. I won’t even kill myself because I’m scared of god, I’m scared of whatever’s waiting.”
“Well, you survived this. You can survive anything.”
As always, Luke Wilson plays a perfect golden retriever.
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