Everybody’s Everything, the highly anticipated documentary examining the tragically short life of Gustav “Lil Peep” Åhr is in theaters now and, should you still be on the fence about watching it, the critic reviews below might change your mind.
The film’s release comes a year after his first posthumous album, Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 2, and two years on from his accidental death by drug overdose. In the intervening years since his death his fans, friends and family have attempted to make sense of his death.
In this authorized documentary directors Sebastian Jones and Ramez Silyan call on Lil Peep’s peers — including iLoveMakonnen, Trapzilla, Juicy J, Ghostmane, JGRXXN, Smokeasac, and Sus Boy — to shed light on the nexus of SoundCloud Rap and emo confessionalism from which he produced. In this way, Everybody’s Everything is both a helpful document of Peep as a musician and a young person, and of the genre he embodied.
But it’s the moving recollections of his friends, family, and specifically his grandfather– leftist historian, Jack Womack– that offers the most nuanced, complex and moving observations of the late star.
Read what critics are saying about the documentary below.
Fascinating and heartbreaking
Dan Caffrey, Consequence of Sound
“The juxtaposition between Peep at home as a kid, and a not-much-older Peep cast out in front of the world, is both fascinating and heartbreaking.”
It doesn’t shy away from darkness
John Fink, The Film Stage
“Everybody’s Everything offers a guided history of his life, times, and music through the lens of the media that Peep leveraged. It’s a film full of highs and lows, sorrow and recollection, fun and political ideology–a mess, but one that feels authentic and accurate.”
Instead it takes on the ugliness of fame
Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
“It’s a cautionary, melancholic tale of the incessant demand de rigueur of 24/7/365 internet celebrity.”
Yet it is told with love
Ryan Oliver, The Playlist
“Everybody’s Everything is truly sad, due to the tragic circumstances at the center of the story, but also poignant and made with the utmost of love.”
Peep’s Grandfather is central to the documentary’s success
Nick Remsen, W Magazine
“The saving grace of Everybody’s Everything are intermittent voiceovers of letters written by Åhr’s grandfather, and ostensible lifelong father figure, Jack Womack. He felt for Peep. He did not judge Peep. And, through his words, the audience gets a sense of care and stability—maybe the only permanently stable figure Åhr had ever known.”
David Ehrlich indieWire
“Everybody’s Everything is at its best when it wears that auteur’s influence on its sleeve. Of all the film’s many conflicting strategies, the most effective is the sporadic, Malickian use of voiceover narration.”
Andrew Barker, Variety
“Peep’s grandfather Womack, previously only heard in voiceover, is allowed to speak at length. Unfazed by all the face tattoos and calculated outrageousness that accompanied his grandson’s artistic persona, Womack clearly never stopped seeing Peep as his little boy, and his quiet ruminations on mortality and manhood land with shattering force.”
It resists judgment
Audra Schroeder, The Daily Dot
“This isn’t a document of judgment or blame. It’s a family’s meditation on grief and loss; it starts with chaos and ends with calm.”
And in the end, arrives at some kind of truth
Emily Yoshida, Vulture
“Everybody’s Everything arrives at some kind of truth about the risks and rewards of an artist with seemingly no boundaries, personal or otherwise.”
Everybody’s Everything is in theaters now.