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And Everything Is Going Fine (2010)

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Average Rating: 7.8/10
Reviews Counted: 30
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 3

Even if And Everything Is Going Fine isn't one of Soderbergh's more commercial efforts, this collection of judiciously edited performance footage of the late monologist Spalding Gray gave the director a chance to show a rarely-seen side of his artistry.

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Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 1

Even if And Everything Is Going Fine isn't one of Soderbergh's more commercial efforts, this collection of judiciously edited performance footage of the late monologist Spalding Gray gave the director a chance to show a rarely-seen side of his artistry.

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AND EVERYTHING IS GOING FINE provides an intimate look at master monologist Spalding Gray, as described by his most critical, irreverent and insightful biographer: Spalding Gray. Director Steven Soderbergh, who collaborated with Gray on the film adaptation of his celebrated Gray's Anatomy (1996), has distilled 25 years of rare and revealing footage to construct a riveting final monologue. There are glimpses of Gray's father and of his son Forrest (who provides soaring music for the end credits),

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Jun 19, 2012

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Soderbergh's editing neatly duplicates Gray's methods, showing us how memory treats the same material at different stages in a life, applying those different coats and shades of lacquer.

March 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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This was obviously a labor of love for Soderbergh, and a fitting memorial to the artist.

February 17, 2011 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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A brilliantly conceived documentary, one with uncommon respect for -- and understanding of -- its subject's life and art.

January 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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This is not a standard bio-documentary. It is the artist giving us a guided tour of himself, through a mosaic of clips from his shows and TV interviews, craftily assembled by Soderbergh.

January 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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You're left with as rich a sense of this man as you would in a more typical work of nonfiction. But the film's deceptive, meticulous editing also reveals that Gray's odd ambition met a cultural moment in which it could take root and thrive.

January 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Think of the film as Gray's final monologue.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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it's as painful to listen to and watch as it is astonishing that I should feel this kind of connection to someone I never met, and never will.

September 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

It's all quite deeply moving, and if you remain untouched by the end credits, you have some self-examination of your own to do.

August 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

allows Gray to speak of his life and its significance entirely in his own words without any intrusive talking heads or academic pontification

August 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Soderbergh's creation doesn't fill in any blanks about Gray, and the film is not for the uninitiated, but even ardent fans will have trouble warming up to every detail.

March 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Gray ended his life in January 2004, but director Steven Soderbergh and editor Susan Littenberg have resurrected the beloved actor and monologuist in a sort of performance collage.

March 11, 2011 Full Review Source: NOW Toronto
NOW Toronto

A tangible emotional aspect and lovely quality of And Everything is Going Fine is that of a friend trying to understand the process that led to a loved-one's suicide.

March 9, 2011 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
sbs.com.au

An absorbing, entertaining, amusing and wrenching film in which Gray tells the story of his entire life in a cleverly edited string of clips from various performances and interviews filmed over nearly 40 years.

February 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

The late Spalding Gray is the subject of this conceptual documentary, which cleverly uses the actor-performer's own biographical monologues to tell his life story. It's so well-assembled that we really feel like we get to know him in the process.

January 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

It provides little insight into the actor/writer/playwright/monologuist's life that Gray does not provide himself.

January 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

No stone is left unturned with the copious interviews assembled over the years interspersed with the one-man shows. This is a heart-felt documentary that needs to be seen.

January 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

What the director does best is move back and forth between funny stage anecdotes...to deadly serious discussion of the stories's underpinnings...

January 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

touching, funny, tragic, heartening

December 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

...an incomplete portrait, but...a thoroughly arresting one for sure.

December 19, 2010 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Absorbing documentary on the career of actor, storyteller, and performance artist, Spalding Gray.

December 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for And Everything Is Going Fine

On the subway to see the touching and funny movie "And Everything Is Going Fine," I noticed a lot of people wearing holiday costumes which I had never seen before and most of them seemed to get off at my stop. A friend thought this might have something to do with a massive pub crawl which a lot of crazy behavior including a slide down a bannister at the World Trade Center Path station would seemingly confirm.

Now this is the kind of story that Spalding Gray(1941-2004) would tell in his monologues in front of an audience, while sitting down at a table with maybe a glass of water or a notebook.(For "Monster in a Box," he had the mother of all unfinished manuscripts. I still would like to know about the Playboy magazine, by the way.) Like a lot of people, I came to his work through the film "Swimming to Cambodia," a wonderful retelling of his experiences in a small part in "The Killing Fields." As one reviewer noted, "never had so much been made of so little." And I was lucky to see him perform "Gray's Anatomy" and "It's a Slippery Slope" in person at Lincoln Center.

With "And Everything Is Going Fine," Steven Soderbergh(he directed Gray in "King of the Hill" and filmed "Gray's Anatomy") stitch them together in a single autobiographical narrative with additional talks where Gray is interviewed and he interviews other people, including one where he talks with his father. Through it all, Gray proves his enormous talent in detailing the everyday experiences of people he came across. Of deeper interest is the therapeutic service the monologues may have served him as his mother's mental illness and suicide hangs over him, allowing him to explore the subject of depression which is so rarely talked about.
December 12, 2010
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A fabulous tribute to a master of monologue. The American version of Stuart McLean..albeit it a Stuart McLean who is actually witty and has stories to tell that are actually interesting.
June 27, 2012
John Ballantine

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