The comedy concept is solid... It's the execution that's out of alignment in The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
A grubby-looking comedy about the art of the sale.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
This film is so crass and so lowbrow its hairline is level with the carpet underlay. And yet, and yet, I must hang my head and confess I did laugh a fair bit.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
The audience will no doubt laugh on cue as The Goods hits its marks with dutiful predictability, but they shouldn't be surprised if they come to feel like they've been had.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
The Goods has its exuberant moments. But the people behind the camera don't appear to know what they're doing as well as those in front of it.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
The oh-so-out-there mentality earns some chuckles, but that, along with Piven's preening, gets very trying. A hard sell is still a hard sell.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
The Goods is a cheerfully energetically and very vulgar comedy. If you're okay with that, you may be okay with this film, which contains a lot of laughs and has studied Political Correctness only enough to make a list of groups to offend.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
I laughed more than I thought I would (though of course hope springs eternal at the movies) and if I ran the Hollywood zoo, I'd give these particular screenwriters another assignment.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
It's a grab bag of comic ideas, but some of the gags are impressively perverse.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
The Goods is not without its share of laughs. But the laughs come with contempt and condescension, not empathy.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
The movie gores many sacred cows, insulting families, capitalism, sexual responsibility, political correctness and smoking bans, with glee if not originality.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
It's an unconscionable waste of talent, an immediate embarrassment for Jeremy Piven, Ving Rhames, David Koechner, Ed Helms and Tony Hale. Who knows how much they got paid, but if it wasn't a lot, they were robbed.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
A project about selling used cars invites abuse, but the movie indeed runs out of gas, squandering a wealth of comedy talent mostly associated with television.
Brian Lowry - Variety
The Goods, which shows signs of considerable tinkering in the editing room, is understandably not getting a hard sell at all by its studio.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
It's a car-selling comedy that plays like a backfiring Bentley -- a shiny ride that runs in fits and starts, never quite hitting on all cylinders.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
The flick has the right cast to be a funny ride, but instead suffers from a panicky sense of desperation to cram it all in while offending as many people as possible with lowball yuks.
Linda Barnard - Toronto Star
This film is like a piano falling on a car -- it may sound funny, but not when it happens to you.
Jennie Punter - Globe and Mail
An aggressively hard-sell of a loud, abrasive comedy.
Michael Rechtshaffen - Hollywood Reporter
It's just repetitive, adolescent and lame.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard has a beater's clunky, fast-moving charm.
Robert Abele - Los Angeles Times
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Mark Kermode - BBC Radio Five Live
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard is an entirely throwaway experience that doesn't offer anything vaguely witty or clever. Look elsewhere to satisfy your comedy needs.
Sam Bathe - Fan The Fire
...an agreeable piece of work...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
While it is brash and absurd and funny in fits and starts, it also seems to lose its nerve as it goes on.
William Goss - Cinematical
Vulgar, pointless, unfunny comedy.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Like a dodgy old motor, this smutty comedy about car salesmen roars with life to begin with but putters to a stop all too soon.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
The number of remotely chucklesome jokes in Neal Brennan's comedy is way too low, and the stuff in between them is grimy and depressing.
Edward Porter - Sunday Times (UK)
A throng of outrageous supporting characters do little to salvage this stalled effort.
David Jenkins - Time Out
This scattershot comedy hits a few targets but is so desperate to amuse it feels more like a series of rejected TV sketches than a movie.
Mark Adams - Sunday Mirror [UK]
These jokes are fired out like one of those ball-throwing machines used for baseball practice - sometimes they hit and they hurt, sometimes they miss, and sometimes they meet the bat.
Holly Grigg-Spall - Film4
The film is randy and rough-hewn even by the standards of its genre. I could claim to have found it tasteless and mirthless, but that would be a lie.
Leo Robson - Financial Times
[It] squanders its potential with hard-to-like characters and a largely unfunny script that relies too heavily on unnecessary crudity.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Nothing important is at stake. The characters are detestable, the jokes crude, the language foul. The attitudes towards homosexuals, the disabled and paedophilia are horrendous.
Dean Essner - Daily Mail [UK]
They look as if they could provide more laughs but are defeated by bovine gags retrieved from a trashcan full of out-takes.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
A dull idea to start with and packing it out with tasteless, unloveable characters doesn't help.
Dean Essner - Sun Online
A shrill and lazily written wreck of a movie.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
That mainstream cinema continually serves up such offensive offal is one thing, but the fact that the boundaries of taste are challenged with such regularity is made all the more alarming when passed off as harmless fun.
Adam Woodward - Little White Lies
Jokes only get you so far, and The Goods gets increasingly bogged down in its uninspired plotlines. Ferrell's cameo is a particular lowpoint.
Charles Gant - Heat Magazine
Sometimes this kind of comedy just goes too far into rubbishness to make it back.
Nev Pierce - Empire Magazine
Picture a knackered jalopy misfiring on all cylinders, lurching from one pile-up to the next and spewing foul fumes as it lumbers inevitably to the breaker's yard. Then think of the cinema equivalent.
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
Some of the talent - like The Hangover's Ed Helms - manage to escape with their dignity, just about intact, but the film's attempts to justify its adult rating become increasingly desperate.
Tony Horkins - Total Film
On paper, The Goods had the potential to be The Next Anchorman, but unfortunately somewhere in the drawing room, someone decided to pursue cheap laughs over something more substantial.
Alex Fletcher - Digital Spy
It isn't merely bad, it makes you want to clamp your hands to either side of your face and do an impersonation of The Scream.
Toby Young - Times [UK]
It sounds a passable premise but what we get is a toe-curling disappointment that wastes the talent of some familiar television faces. No sale.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
An SUV of a comedy: enjoy hate crimes, homophobia and terrorizing women? Then this hulking, gas-guzzling beast--completely out-of-touch with the economic climate and progressive politics--is for you!
Brian Gibson - Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
The humor comes not from the picture's setup but the absurd behavior of its characters. Mr. Piven does an able variation on Ari Gold, the caustic agent from Entourage
Sonny Bunch - Washington Times
A mediocre comedy that wants desperately to be "Anchorman" on a used-car lot, but can't measure up, mostly because it's so lacking in laughs
Stephen Silver - The Trend
[It] might be a bottomless barrel of idiotic yuks. But it's not a total lemon.
Shaula Clark - Boston Phoenix
It's not that I was offended. It's that I was bored by the attempt to offend me.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Piven is saddled with a lame backstory about a former partner's tragic death, something about a lost son, a thoroughly forced romantic subplot, and a series of awful and increasingly desperate stabs at raunchy humor.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
Needs Less Sentiment and More Charles Napier. But Still Rapid-Fire Funny in Nature.
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
It's possible that this appallingly awful excuse for a raunchy comedy is meant to be satirical, but I suspect it's merely shockingly incompetent, even grading on the raunchy-comedy curve.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
I definitely laughed, just not enough to fully recommend it.
Ben Lyons - At the Movies
This was funny in the beginning, no question, but then it turned into I thought a sort of a very stale comedy.
Ben Mankiewicz - At the Movies
Raunchy, crass and simply loopy, this is a movie you're either going to love or hate.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
At times 'The Goods" gets up and running on all cylinders, but misfires often with bits that simply don't jell.
Frank Wilkins - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
I think it's worth it just to witness the comic genius of Kathryn Hahn.
Austin Kennedy - Sin Magazine
With a comedy like this, you want to be laughing constantly, not every 15 or 20 minutes.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
there are a few good jokes, but for me a few laughs here and there aren't enough
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"The Goods" has to imply an antonym as it is far from good. Despite starring the Emmy award winning Jeremy Piven, the writing destroyed any chance of success.
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
Like a Frankenstein monster that can never quite find the strength to climb off the table, The Goods is a lumbering creation stitched together from body parts of past comedies operating in a similarly sophomoric vein.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
The Goods is uneven, mis-shapen, lumpy, bumpy and scattershot; it's also funny, or funny in bits, or very funny in very weird bits that almost, kind of, make up for how uneven, mis-shapen, lumpy, bumpy and scattershot it is.
James Rocchi - Redbox
The Goods' vulgarity is not new or clever or even comically shocking. It is, instead, prosaic and repetitive.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
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Jim Judy - Screen It!
'The Goods' isn't going to revolutionize comedy, but it does exactly what a good comedy should: it focuses on laughs above all else.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
a raucous comedy that adheres to the one-joke-pony structure ... except the talent Brennan attracts is stronger, and the jokes his screenwriters attempt are more obscure.
Sean O'Connell - Charlotte Weekly
Piven as lead just doesn't work here.
Luke Y. Thompson - E! Online
A movie so vulgar even babies and angels from heaven appearing in the film are cursing.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Like Don's sales technique, the movie ... pushes its humor aggressively but closes the deal.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
At a karaoke performance, Ready calls a Jonah Hill look-a-like in the audience "Superbad," but the joke comes off as an act of jealousy.
Steve Ramos - Boxoffice Magazine
Nothing wrong with potty talk. But if that's all a movie has to offer, the humor quickly evaporates.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
The gold standard of used-car comedies is still, well, Used Cars. But I laughed out loud about a dozen times watching The Goods, and not even in spite of myself.
Stan Hall - Oregonian
Crass, stupid and ineptly made, this car-lot farce is so awful that it ought to qualify for the "Cash for Clunkers" program on grounds of polluting the atmosphere.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Anything-goes comic raunch-fest is funny, but not for kids.
Renee Schonfeld - Common Sense Media
Outrageous, crass and occasionally funny with a lively ensemble cast, but its humor often feels uninspired, lazy, asinine and ultimately forgettable.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
Struggling to fill out its 80 minutes before the final codas, The Goods has the definitive feel of a film that has been chopped up and left for dead. Of course you have to wonder how bad the cut footage is if this is all we're seeing.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
Piven's aggressive energy doesn't wear well over the course of the movie, but the supporting cast is stocked with choice comedy talent.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Something about The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard feels forgettable, even though, in the moment, it's often very funny.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
The Goods gets saved from the scrap heap by the winning comic players behind star Jeremy Piven.
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
It's just too bad The Goods doesn't give Piven the opportunity to shine like those freshly polished cars he pushes so well
Blake French - Filmcritic.com
It delivers the goods and then some.
Paul Fischer - Dark Horizons
A mean-spirited nightmare of throwaway gags.
Adam Keleman - Slant Magazine
Funny ideas bubble up from time to time only to disappear into a morass of stripper jokes and desperation.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard could have been more agonizing to sit through. As is, it is merely a disposable failure. The film just wanders along, complacent and insincere as it heads down a dead-end street.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
This is slash and burn, shock and awe comedy and it's cheery outrageousness makes enough of it work to, in Don Ready's terms, make the sale.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
Mostly just feels stale, leaning on jokes about boy bands and MC Hammer and a plot recycled from the already recycled parts of stuff like Hot Rod.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
Despite a few chuckles, this loud, obvious and raunchy comedy suffers from a worse fate than its cheesiness - it's utterly forgettable.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
As film starts taking itself more and more seriously, it becomes less fun and more formulaic and tiresome.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Swings spastically for guffaws and jolts, but it's more successful at eliciting blank stares or, during certain sequences, complete disbelief that something this jumbled and directionless could find a theatrical release.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Exists in a world where people still care about boy bands and Bo Bice is the hot new thing on American Idol.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
Most of The Goods just sits there, a lumpen load of dullness.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
If cash for clunkers applied to films, The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard would be eligible. Its rusty comedy comes factory-installed with faulty gags, badly in need of a tune-up.
Graham Killeen - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
I'm harboring a grudge against this movie for wasting an evening of my life. Don't let it rob you of one of yours.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
The funniest thing about "The Goods" is that the presence of James Brolin pretty much ensures that Barbra Streisand will have to sit through it at least once.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
Despite a cast stocked with comedy ringers, everyone flails about aimlessly, as if trying to get through the experience as quickly and painlessly as possible.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Making copy editors' lives everywhere easier: The Goods doesn't deliver.
Vadim Rizov - L.A. Weekly
The film's tone, however, never fully congeals.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle