Everything Must Go Reviews

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Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 22, 2013
Has a similar problem to its protagonist: It just sort of sits there.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Oliver Good
Little White Lies
October 13, 2011
Like a bad date; it's attractive, clever, but lacks a sense of humour.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andrew Simpson
Fan The Fire
October 21, 2011
For a film that preaches giving it all away, Everything Must Go could have done with being a little more bold.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rich Heldenfels
Akron Beacon Journal
May 12, 2011
Wastes a good Will Ferrell performance by elaborating on Raymond Carver's short story in ways that go very wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Grae Drake
Movies.com
May 20, 2011
Well, if anyone can make alcoholism and loneliness relatable, Will Ferrell can.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
October 16, 2011
Cue self pity, followed by despair, followed by resignation, hope and redemption...Screenwriter/director Dan Rush...opts for this standard redemption arc.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
September 26, 2011
It can't escape the crippling clichés of similar films that have come before it, and there are far too many Cameron Crowe-ian platitudes littered throughout the screenplay to remind us that we are indeed watching a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Ian Buckwalter
NPR.org
May 12, 2011
Writer/director Dan Rush takes one simple concept from Raymond Carver's spare, evocative, and extremely short story - a sad alcoholic with his furniture on the lawn - and fills in the blanks. Too many of them, as it turns out.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
May 11, 2011
It feels slight and heavy-handed at the same time, and ends with a half-hearted shrug.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 13, 2011
Taking stock and letting go -- of superfluous things, of worn-out love -- is a strong theme. But the progression of the script is like Nick's self-help program. We're familiar with the steps.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 13, 2011
The best that can be said about Everything Must Go is that it's slightly less nauseating than The Beaver.
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online
May 13, 2011
Ferrell's credible performance notwithstanding, it's as if Raymond Carver's minimalism has overtaken the show. No 4-page short story here, we'll need a little something more for a 96-minute film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
May 14, 2011
This leading role is quite a departure for Ferrell who most often appears in comedies. He does an admirable job, but it makes you appreciate even more Nicolas Cage's Oscar-winning performance as an alcoholic in "Leaving Las Vegas" (1995).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tony Macklin
tonymacklin.net
May 20, 2011
Everything Must Go is not a bad movie, but saying that it's based on a story by Raymond Carver is like saying a ham dinner is based on Hamlet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
May 8, 2011
If Will Ferrell's charisma is directly proportional to his absurdity, then it's little surprise that he fares relatively poorly as a sad sack in Everything Must Go,
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
May 15, 2011
It feels a little odd to watch Ferrell play an alcoholic for drama and not laughs. Not enough happens with that drama to pull me in.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
May 5, 2011
Dan Rush has created a vacant character that represents everything wrong with America in 2011.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 12, 2011
...the results are cliched and too emotionally restrained to make much of a mark... Christopher Jordan Wallace, who got his start portraying dad's younger years in "Notorious," walks away with the whole movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
May 11, 2011
I can't dismiss the desperate social realism of a movie offering the solace of a bromide found in a fortune cookie.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 12, 2011
It lives up to its title in ways its maker never intended.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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