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  • Summary: Based on a Raymond Carver short story. Ferrell will play a guy who loses his job and gets locked out of the house by his wife. She deposits his belongings on the front lawn, and he spends the next four days trying to sell his possessions. (Roadside Attractions)

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    May 12, 2011
    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: Roger Moore
    May 11, 2011
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    May 9, 2011
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    May 9, 2011
    The material, however, takes a Raymond Carver short story and plays it almost too straight. Ferrell looks uncomfortable, but not amusingly so.
  6. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    May 12, 2011
    Whereas Carver writes about alcoholics, this movie is about alcoholism, which is completely different.
  7. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    May 10, 2011
    By the time Nick decides to have an emotionally purgative yard sale-the primary holdover from the short story-all the adult ambiguities have been traded in for facile Indiewood profundities.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 3 out of 18
  1. Jan 10, 2012
    Not really a good movie. And they could have used a different actor. Everyone is used to Will Farrell playing in comedies but this story is just sad. When i watched did not know its a drama so i was kind of waiting for something funny to happen and started thinking that just not getting the jokes but reality was: there are no jokes. Keep to the comedy Will. Expand
  2. May 21, 2012
    This is the definition of an indie movie. Awkward yet still good. Good acting, not a horrible story. Not exactly funny yet not exactly a complete drama. Definitely have to see it yourself to get a good opinion of it. Expand
  3. Aug 10, 2012
    Arguably one of the most underrated films of the year, as Dan Rush's adaptation of the Raymond Carter short story is nothing short of absolute genius. Meanwhile, Will Ferrell seems to relish the opportunity to flex his acting muscles here, as he delivers a powerful performance. Expand
  4. Aug 19, 2011
    We wait he entire time for a pay off by Will Farrells character but it just never happens. The film is a out of focus random drama fest. Sure it is indie but just way to boring. Trust me when I say this is by no means Farrells fault he plays the character well and you root for him the entire time, it's just a shame that by rooting for this character you are just wasting an hour and a half of your life (Just like the drunken loser that he plays) Enjoyable but pointless Expand
  5. Jun 22, 2012
    At a certain point, I realized this movie was not going to get any better, so I stopped watching it. I can still I it wasn't bad, just boring. It's basically based on a drunk man having a yard sale for over a week. Expand
  6. May 30, 2011
    Will Farrell does NOT go for laughs in this mild-mannered drama. He plays a guy who gets fired and kicked out of his house on the same day. Since his wife threw his stuff out on the lawn, he takes up residence in his front yard. While the situation is interesting, the energy level stays at a constant, unexciting hum. There are no dramatic peaks or valleys and no humor to provide contrast. For a man whose life has crumbled, this film takes shallow, slow approach to his condition. Expand
  7. May 21, 2011
    Viewing this film is like watching a field of laminated dicks grow. This has to be one of the most bipolar motion pictures in the history of mankind. The crapbomb that is "Everything Must Go" seems to suffer from a severe identity crises, as it cannot make up its mind whether it is a serious and depressing tale, or a dark comedy. I give it two thumbs up your ass. Expand

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