Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. When all is said and done, Everything to Everyone manages to be good for many.
  2. Entertainment Weekly
    75
    It's the earnest attempts... that linger beyond a knowing snicker. [24 Oct 2003, p.106]
  3. To be sure, Everything to Everyone certainly packs in the humorous moments that were largely lacking from the group's last album, 2000's Maroon. But it also shows principal songwriters Steven Page and Ed Robertson reflecting on weightier topics related to the band's double-edged popularity.
  4. Everything to Everyone is probably Barenaked Ladies' most honest album -- always touching, but serious and completely open for the first time in their 15-year career.
  5. This may be the point at which even those well-disposed to the nice and the quirky start to note diminishing returns.
  6. There's good music here, sure, and it's not a boring or painful listen, but nothing really stands out.
  7. The Ladies' inoffensive singalongs seem just plain tired.
  8. Q Magazine
    40
    The pleasure rapidly dissipates over 17 formulaic numbers, some of which come with an accordion. [May 2004, p.98]
  9. Blender
    40
    The record feels uneven, as the oscillation between frivolous and serious makes both less convincing. [Nov 2003, p.108]
  10. Their rhythms jump all over the place and their vocals are so determined to land that punchline that it all ends up sounding like one smarmy mess.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. RandallR.
    Sep 25, 2007
    10
    The DVD version gets a 10. The surround sound version sounds great (although you need a DVD-Audio player), but the real treat is the entire The DVD version gets a 10. The surround sound version sounds great (although you need a DVD-Audio player), but the real treat is the entire album performed live with acoustic instruments. The acoustic version better and more honest than the CD version. Full Review »
  2. BillyH
    Feb 5, 2005
    10
    Yall who rated it a 2/3 suck... this is an awesome band releasing an awesome cd the critics suck too...
  3. jenniferw
    Jul 2, 2004
    10
    These guys are the antidote for a music industry that takes themselves entirely too seriously.