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Going the Distance (2010)


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

Critics 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.

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

Critics 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.


Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 57,069


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

R (for sexual content including dialogue, language throughout, some drug use and brief nudity)
Comedy , Romance
Directed By:
In Theaters:
Nov 30, 2010
Box Office:
New Line Cinema - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Going the Distance

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.

Full Review… | September 8, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

The film's constant raunch factor balances out its romantic center in a way that will likely surprise and please many.

Full Review… | September 3, 2010
Detroit News
Top Critic

Particularly forgettable.

Full Review… | September 3, 2010
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 3, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 3, 2010
Washington Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 3, 2010
New York Post
Top Critic

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
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review… | December 20, 2010
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.

Full Review… | December 13, 2010
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.

Full Review… | December 2, 2010
Aisle Seat

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

Full Review… | December 1, 2010
Movie Metropolis

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

Full Review… | October 25, 2010
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

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

Full Review… | October 24, 2010

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.

Full Review… | October 21, 2010

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

Full Review… | October 8, 2010
Salt Lake Tribune

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

Full Review… | September 23, 2010
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Drew Barrymore and her boy toy try going bicoastal

Full Review… | September 20, 2010
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

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

Full Review… | September 20, 2010
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.

Full Review… | September 16, 2010

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?

Full Review… | September 13, 2010
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

Full Review… | September 12, 2010
Q Network Film Desk

Distance: The Perfect Date Movie.

Full Review… | September 11, 2010
Illinois Times

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

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.

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

Going the Distance Quotes

I love you, and you're my best friend.
– Submitted by Tiara P (2 years ago)
Just shut up and lick.
– Submitted by Ted M (2 years ago)
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)
She's getting old, [talking about Mom] so I want to live nearby her.
That's funny, because I want her to move further away.
[shocked and awkward] He close to his mom.
– Submitted by Hanna K (3 years ago)
I really thought we were something.
We were. We were something.
– Submitted by Kim P (3 years ago)
This isn't a mustache, it's a time machine.
– Submitted by Nastassia J (3 years ago)

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