Going the Distance Reviews

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Anna Smith
Time Out
September 8, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 3, 2010
The film's constant raunch factor balances out its romantic center in a way that will likely surprise and please many.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
September 3, 2010
Particularly forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 3, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
September 3, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 3, 2010
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
September 3, 2010
It's a solid but totally forgettable entertainment, redeemed somewhat by Barrymore's loud, horsey laugh and some agreeably racy comic situations.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 3, 2010
Justin Long and Drew Barrymore have a believable chemistry that makes Going the Distance worth going to. More or less.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 3, 2010
This empty, immature romantic comedy ultimately feels as if it's filled with all the hot air that separates New York and San Francisco, yet still manages to be a suffocating bore.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
September 2, 2010
The long distance aspect was interesting, accurate, and mined for maximum comic effect.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
September 2, 2010
Captures the harshness and the sweetness of our time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
September 2, 2010
Going the Distance is a reminder of the sorry state of the rom-com, where gross scenes and easy-to-write trash talk have replaced smart dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 2, 2010
This premise, with better writing, could have made a much more compelling movie.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
September 2, 2010
An R-rated romance that has its moments but is ultimately trying a little too hard (something Barrymore, with her trademark lightness, never does).
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Horgen
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 2, 2010
A foul-mouthed rom-com carved from Apatowian intent, but it feels more like a sketch of a movie than the real thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
September 2, 2010
There's rat-a-tat dialogue in "Going the Distance," but it's kept small-caliber, and the film does not kid itself -- or us -- about how much hard work is required to keep a flickering flame of feeling alive in the face of a big, cold world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 2, 2010
The film gets many things so right about the conflicts faced by a two-career couple looking for work in a shrinking economy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
September 2, 2010
There's just not quite enough to the movie: not enough jokes, not enough obstacles, not enough sex.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 2, 2010
Between this movie and her fascinating performance in HBO's Grey Gardens, Barrymore, at 35, is becoming a serious comedic actor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
September 2, 2010
It all looks so effortless, it's a wonder that movies like Going The Distance are such an anomaly.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
September 2, 2010
There's also some gallows humor about the record and newspaper industries, but overall this is a light, genial comedy about denial and self-defense.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 2, 2010
Barrymore and Long are both appealing, but not enough to sustain audience interest in the cinematic equivalent of dry-humping.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
September 2, 2010
The couple-surrounded-by-quirky-friends dynamic is as obvious as the movie's New York locales and well-positioned indie band posters.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 2, 2010
Screenwriter Geoff LaTulippe's story of a recession-era long-distance relationship and its hurdles takes its characters seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
September 2, 2010
In terms of tone and style, the finished product ends up all over the place: Think of it as the Sybil of romantic comedies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 2, 2010
Going the Distance may be a minor movie, but it's also the rare romantic comedy in which you can actually believe what you're seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 1, 2010
[It does] that one thing that a romance absolutely has to do -- touch us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Fear
Time Out
September 1, 2010
Just because you tart up a typical romantic comedy with trash talk doesn't make it edgy or real.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 1, 2010
To date, no motion picture has adequately captured the soaring highs and devastating lows associated with a long distance relationship, but Going the Distance comes as close as any movie has.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
August 31, 2010
Nanette Burstein reminds us she was previously a director of documentaries by occasionally shooting with a handheld camera for no discernible reason.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 19, 2010
It's hard to imagine any romantic comedy going wrong in so many different ways.
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Justin Chang
Variety
August 19, 2010
A bicoastal comedy with a bit of a bipolar disorder.