Going the Distance (2010)



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R (for sexual content including dialogue, language throughout, some drug use and brief nudity)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Geoff LaTulippe
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 30, 2010
Box Office: $17.8M
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Critic Reviews for Going the Distance

All Critics (161) | Top Critics (32)

Barrymore carries the movie on a cloud of lusty giggles and F-bombs.

Full Review… | May 9, 2015
The Improper Bostonian

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.

Full Review… | November 8, 2013
Gordon and the Whale

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

Full Review… | October 13, 2013

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

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

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.

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

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

Full Review… | January 8, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Going the Distance


Omg..hysterical movie!! A must see.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Such a cute romantic comedy :) Justin Long & Drew Barrymore were just amazing & Christina Applegate was great as Drew Barrymore's sister & Charlie Day & Jason Sudeikis were great as Justin Long's best friends. Just a great movie about love & how by going the distance your love will survive :) Just watch this adorable film :) You won't regret it! :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

Cassie Hill

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.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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