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Everything Must Go Reviews

May 20, 2011
The unlikely combination of Will Ferrell and author Raymond Carver pays off beautifully.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 15, 2011
I was not waiting for a punch line. I was not primed to laugh. I accepted Ferrell as Nick and, because of that, I was able to enjoy Everything Must Go on its own terms.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 13, 2011
This isn't Ferrell's first dramatic role; he played seriocomic leading men in Stranger Than Fiction and Woody Allen's Melinda and Melinda. But it's the first one that provides a glimpse at his possible future as a Bill Murray-style character actor.
May 13, 2011
Rush draws on the intense attachment we can feel for the mundane objects in our lives. For Nick, these things are talismans from a past that promised a lot more than it delivered.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 13, 2011
In the end, Everything Must Go is something of a consciously static study in sadness, both well-made and wearying.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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.
May 13, 2011
Surprisingly, Ferrell underplays it nicely, neither milking Nick's misfortunes for laughs nor asking for our pity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 13, 2011
The big picture is famil iar -- busted middle-age man, suburban alcoholic despair -- yet the details are so finely rendered that the overall impression is potently strange.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 13, 2011
A superstar like Ferrell could coast through disposable comedies, but "Everything Must Go" is a keeper.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 12, 2011
No great epiphanies, just a few days, a little perspective, nicely told.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 12, 2011
Everything can go. Sometimes it does go. The movie tells a pertinent story about what happens next.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 12, 2011
Will Ferrell delivers a performance of implosive intensity that rings true in every detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 12, 2011
There's nothing terribly surprising about this movie's dramatic arc, but it's nicely executed, and Ferrell's restrained, almost gentle performance is a revelation.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 12, 2011
Will Ferrell is evolving as an artist. Welcome to his blue period.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 12, 2011
Rush extrapolates a narrative that is less jarring and more familiar than anything in Carver, but nonetheless true to the writer's tough, compassionate and intimately knowing apprehension of masculine defeat.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 12, 2011
If he isn't careful, Will Ferrell is going to become a bona fide actor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 12, 2011
It lives up to its title in ways its maker never intended.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 12, 2011
In truth, this would be rather familiar indie fare without its perfectly-cast star, who fearlessly alternates between bitter humor, aggressive desperation, and gentle helplessness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 12, 2011
"Everything Must Go" is not all the film it could have been, but is more worth seeing than a lot of other recent releases.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 12, 2011
Rush could've approached this material in dozens of ways, but the way he chooses -- turning it into an occasionally wry, ever-earnest dramedy -- is precisely the wrong one.
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 12, 2011
A sharply drawn study of down-and-outness that dovetails neatly, alas, with the Great Recession fallout that's raining across the land.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 12, 2011
It's a genuinely unexpected performance, one of those things that you never would have predicted, but once you see it you realize it's perfect.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
May 12, 2011
Ferrell fits uncannily well into Carver country, and in this small but sturdy film, he challenges any assumption that he might be limited to comedy. Certainly this is the first time he's moved me to tears that weren't produced by hard laughter.
May 12, 2011
Will Ferrell manages to keep this rolling, though Rush's corny narrative devices couldn't be less consistent with Carver's stubborn minimalism.
May 12, 2011
Director Dan Rush guides the material with a gentle hand. It's just overwhelmingly basic, a descriptor that should never apply to a comedic beast of Ferrell's caliber.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 12, 2011
Rush respects Carver's slim, vinegar-tinged story while creating new characters and new (and somewhat artificial) situations. The results go only so far.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 11, 2011
Reaching for the funny as well as dramatic pathos, Ferrell is acting on a high wire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 11, 2011
Like Bill Murray and Greg Kinnear before him, this funnyman reveals serious acting chops.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 11, 2011
The result is a sad suburban pastoral, a strain of film you don't see much of, or not enough; it may feel somewhat stretched, and Rush's additions to Carver barely push it past ninety minutes, but anything hectic or hasty would have spoiled the mood.
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.
May 11, 2011
Mr. Ferrell holds back the comic condiments long enough to paint the portrait of a man lost in low self-esteem with nice pastels of realistic restraint. But the crossroads he faces are paved with potholes...
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 11, 2011
No film has asked [Ferrell] to delve into the kinds of deep, dark places required of him in "Everything Must Go." And he more than rises to the challenge.
May 10, 2011
Rush shapes Carver's fable -- a quick and resonant read -- into a flimsy hour-and-a-half tale of rebirth rather than a piercing character study.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 9, 2011
That lawn with its scraps of a ruined life is a setting both satirical and poignant, and Will Ferrell gives a performance of Chekhovian depth.
May 6, 2011
The result is a simple, unassuming movie that's grounded in reality and is every bit as likable as Ferrell himself.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 5, 2011
This is a bittersweet, quietly powerful drama about a man at the end of his rope who must decide whether to start climbing or let go.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
September 16, 2010
This is an old-school independent film that won't make a zillion bucks or win major awards, but it's refreshingly honest, depicts the kinds of American lives not often seen on-screen and shows us a familiar star in a striking new light.
September 13, 2010
The film just doesn't mine enough humor or drama from this situation. Meanwhile most of the developments are wholly predictable.
September 12, 2010
Ferrell makes it watchable.