When his wife kicks him out, a broke and boozing slouch (Will Ferrell) tries to sell his possessions at a giant yard sale.
" "Everything Must Go" is not all the film it could have been, but is more worth seeing than a lot of other recent releases. "
" If he isn't careful, Will Ferrell is going to become a bona fide actor. "
" The unlikely combination of Will Ferrell and author Raymond Carver pays off beautifully. "
" No great epiphanies, just a few days, a little perspective, nicely told. "
" 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. "
" In the end, Everything Must Go is something of a consciously static study in sadness, both well-made and wearying. "
" Surprisingly, Ferrell underplays it nicely, neither milking Nick's misfortunes for laughs nor asking for our pity. "
" 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. "
" Will Ferrell delivers a performance of implosive intensity that rings true in every detail. "
" It lives up to its title in ways its maker never intended. "
" Will Ferrell is evolving as an artist. Welcome to his blue period. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" A superstar like Ferrell could coast through disposable comedies, but "Everything Must Go" is a keeper. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Everything can go. Sometimes it does go. The movie tells a pertinent story about what happens next. "
" A sharply drawn study of down-and-outness that dovetails neatly, alas, with the Great Recession fallout that's raining across the land. "
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