Everything Must Go Reviews

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October 14, 2011
A well-controlled film with a portrait at its centre that is astonishingly complete.
October 13, 2011
A pleasing, satisfying chamber-piece.
October 13, 2011
Like a bad date; it's attractive, clever, but lacks a sense of humour.
May 20, 2011
The unlikely combination of Will Ferrell and author Raymond Carver pays off beautifully.
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.
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.
May 13, 2011
In the end, Everything Must Go is something of a consciously static study in sadness, both well-made and wearying.
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.
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.
May 13, 2011
A superstar like Ferrell could coast through disposable comedies, but "Everything Must Go" is a keeper.
May 12, 2011
No great epiphanies, just a few days, a little perspective, nicely told.
May 12, 2011
Everything can go. Sometimes it does go. The movie tells a pertinent story about what happens next.
May 12, 2011
Will Ferrell delivers a performance of implosive intensity that rings true in every detail.
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.
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.
May 12, 2011
If he isn't careful, Will Ferrell is going to become a bona fide actor.
May 12, 2011
It lives up to its title in ways its maker never intended.
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.
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