From the start, All Is Lost understands what makes the survival genre great: an uncompromising dedication to what happens on the screen and a refusal to linger over why it happens or what it means. It’s easy to miss just how many narrative embellishments the average film indulges in until you see a film like this one, with almost none. Almost every survival film boils the plot tension down to its essence: one man against the world. But I can’t think of another film in the genre that strips it all quite so bare.
The Rumpus Review Of All Is Lost by Larry Fahey