Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    May 12, 2011
    90
    Everything Must Go leaves the resolution open, not telegraphing Nick's future. It is as unsettled as life, and the film is all the better for it.
  2. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    May 13, 2011
    88
    Everything Must Go is cinematic pointilism. The big picture is familiar -- busted middle-age man, suburban alcoholic despair -- yet the details are so finely rendered that the overall impression is potently strange.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    May 12, 2011
    88
    Ferrell's dryly understated performance is a shorthand for an alcoholic's denial and repressed rage, and as Nick grows increasingly desperate for a drink, he keeps his anger stashed like a last beer for emergencies.
  4. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    May 12, 2011
    88
    This is an indie film with big stars - but also an indie films with big ideas about bringing real people to life.
  5. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    May 11, 2011
    88
    It's a bleak yet optimistic film, and Ferrell perfectly underplays his Carver anti-hero and delivers a rich, layered and subtle performance. And a funny one.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    May 14, 2011
    83
    If there is a single image that we take away from Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman," it is of Willy Loman weighted down to his very soul by his suitcases. The image that holds in this modern-day salesman's serenade is Nick the salesman reduced to selling off his own life.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 53 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 3 out of 18
  1. Mar 12, 2014
    7
    Will's more dramatic acting shows in "Everything Must Go" and like most of his acting, you can believe it. Just like you can believe this film. A good drama. I might just say, and essence of perfection. Full Review »
  2. Aug 1, 2013
    7
    This movie was a free bonus for our new TV, so we gave it a try. The story is pretty generic and the twists are expectable, but still some moments are pretty touching. Overall a decent movie for one watch. Full Review »
  3. Aug 31, 2012
    8
    There's no possibility that this film will be as effective and impactful in ten years or so, it's Everything Must Go's current relevance and immediate dramatic potential in the present economically uncertain world that makes it work so well. The plot structure has been seen many times before, and you can see the plot twists coming a mile off, but almost everything is done exceptionally. Performances are great across the board, with Will Ferrell proving he has the talent for comedy, tragedy and the in-between. Rebecca Hall is good as always, but everyone is put to shame by the young Christopher C.J. Wallace, who has great chemistry with Ferrell, and who is a real talent to watch in the future. Everything Must Go is expertly crafted, funny and engaging, wearing its old-fashionedness as a badge of honour and using it to its maximum potential as an archaic but symbolically effective modern take on a New Deal-era film. The way it promotes A Christmas Carol-worthy redemptive story arc and throws in some strong themes including depression, alcoholism and the evils of capitalism, it feels like a Frank Capra film for the modern era, and for that reason it's a joy to watch. Full Review »