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Going the Distance (2010)



Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 160
Fresh: 84 | Rotten: 76

It's timelier and a little more honest than most romantic comedies, but Drew Barrymore and Justin Long's screen chemistry doesn't make up for Going the Distance's overall flatness.


Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 15

It's timelier and a little more honest than most romantic comedies, but Drew Barrymore and Justin Long's screen chemistry doesn't make up for Going the Distance's overall flatness.



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Erin's (Drew Barrymore) wry wit and unfiltered frankness charm newly single Garrett (Justin Long) over beer, bar trivia and breakfast the next morning. Their chemistry sparks a full-fledged summer fling, but neither expects it to last once Erin heads home to San Francisco and Garrett stays behind for his job in New York City. But when six weeks of romping through the city inadvertently become meaningful, neither is sure they want it to end. And while Garrett's friends Box (Jason Sudeikis) and


Comedy, Romance

Nov 30, 2010


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All Critics (160) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (84) | Rotten (76) | DVD (8)

What's both refreshing and problematic is that there's no emotional imbalance between boy and girl: their feelings are mutual and the obstacle is purely geographical.

September 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
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The film's constant raunch factor balances out its romantic center in a way that will likely surprise and please many.

September 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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Particularly forgettable.

September 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Acknowledges both the difficulty and the comic potential of the arrangement, and does so with enough insight and charm to make you wonder why frequent-flier love is not a more popular theme in romantic comedies.

September 3, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
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It's filthy, funny and kind of sweet, if not quite up to the level of Judd Apatow's oeuvre in the burgeoning field of R-rated comedies with heart.

September 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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It smothers the already frail story of their characters' long-distance relationship with enough R-rated gross-out humor for half a dozen Judd Apatow movies -- except that virtually none of it is funny.

September 3, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Post
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If you've ever had an awkward sexual moment in your life (admit it, you have), this is the movie for you. If you've ever believed there can't be love without the comedy, this is the movie for you.

November 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Gordon and the Whale
Gordon and the Whale

Barrymore comfortably slips into more filthy talk and situations while bringing her innate sweetness and relatability.

October 13, 2013 Full Review Source:

You sort of wind up rooting for them in spite of their characters being somewhat knuckleheadish.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source:

Going the Distance is concocted from a familiar formula. It just happens to be a really good example of what can be done with it.

March 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Much like Drew Barrymore, [this film] is so intent on being cutesy and bubbly that it's nauseating...

January 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

...the pervasively affable atmosphere [is] heightened by the palpable chemistry between Long and Barrymore's respective characters.

December 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

The combination of a very funny and a little bit raunchy rom-com with the plethora of extras make the package a must to rent or buy.

December 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Not a great film, but in a time when most romantic comedies are trite and predictable, this one at least tries to deal with an actual relationship hurdle.

December 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

...being different doesn't necessarily mean being better.

December 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Sex, drugs and F-bombs on the first date...ah, modern romance...

October 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Comments (2)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

An original film that gets it right when it comes to exploiting both love and laughs.

October 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Moviedex | Comment (1)

Going the Distance features the graduation of Justin Long from gawky supporting actor to gawky lead actor, and Drew Barrymore from cutesy rom-com star to cutesy rom-com star with a filthy mouth.

October 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix | Comment (1)

Burstein is a documentarian by training, and she milks an unforced honesty from the story.

October 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Foul-mouthed and funny, 'Going the Distance' is a youthful romance for grownups.

September 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Drew Barrymore and her boy toy try going bicoastal

September 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

What are we doing watching this manically dreary, physically nauseating date movie from hell?

September 20, 2010 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

If you're looking for a fun date movie with realistic characters you can genuinely root for, see this film. Best rom-com of the year? Quite likely.

September 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Film4

Feels too much like a shrugging shuffle around the bases. Scenes are overscored, there are more references to dicks than in a Judd Apatow boxset, and the story's too episodic, with little tension other than will-they-stay-together?

September 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

the sequences in which Barrymore and Long share screen time are not as good as when they're separated, which lets some of the air out of their romance

September 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Distance: The Perfect Date Movie.

September 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Illinois Times | Comment (1)
Illinois Times

Audience Reviews for Going the Distance

Omg..hysterical movie!! A must see.
October 22, 2012

Super Reviewer

A young newspaper reporter and a music talent scout attempt to make a bi-coastal relationship work.
I think that it is difficult to render the pressures of a long-distance relationship without resorting to what Super Reviewer Alice Shen calls "go-to distance conflicts." As a former victim of a long distance relationship, I can attest to the fact that much of the conflict is internal and doesn't lend itself to film. But at the same time, I can't blame the film for trying.
Eventually what the film amounts to is a solid romantic comedy. The characters' relationship develops and degrades all in accordance with the formula that has been tried and true. There is an appropriate balance of pathos and comedy with some decent performances from Drew Barrymore and Justin Long. These people won't stay with you for very long, but it's nice knowing them for the film's ninety-seven minutes.
Overall, this is a fine film but nothing to write home about.
July 7, 2011
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

The trailer made it out to be funnier than it was, but it was still 'alright' but not great! It was sort of predictable too.
June 24, 2011
Bethany Murphy

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    1. Garrett: I love you, and you're my best friend.
    – Submitted by Tiara P (23 months ago)
    1. Erin: Just shut up and lick.
    – Submitted by Ted M (2 years ago)
    1. Box: So she won't fuck fat dudes, but she will sleep with a guy whose face looks like it's covered in jizz.
    – Submitted by Nastassia J (3 years ago)
    1. Damon: She's getting old, [talking about Mom] so I want to live nearby her.
    2. Garrett: That's funny, because I want her to move further away.
    3. Erin: [shocked and awkward] He close to his mom.
    – Submitted by Hanna K (3 years ago)
    1. Erin: I really thought we were something.
    2. Garrett: We were. We were something.
    – Submitted by Kim P (3 years ago)
    1. Box: This isn't a mustache, it's a time machine.
    – Submitted by Nastassia J (3 years ago)
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