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Go (1999)



Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 72
Fresh: 66 | Rotten: 6

With its sharp dialogue and raucous visuals, Go entertains at an exhilarating pace.


Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 4

With its sharp dialogue and raucous visuals, Go entertains at an exhilarating pace.



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Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 49,573

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Movie Info

Director/cinematographer Doug Liman's third feature links together three edgy stories, all beginning in the same Los Angeles supermarket with an interconnected group of characters. Ronna (Sarah Polley) is a down-on-her-luck checkout girl who is sweet talked into taking an extra shift from her friend Simon (Desmond Askew) so he can go to Las Vegas. Ronna is then approached by two good-looking actors, Adam (Scott Wolf) and Zack (Jay Mohr), who want to buy drugs. Ronna, who needs money, plans to


Drama, Comedy

Aug 24, 1999

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Tickled. That's the square old word that comes to mind in response to the self-consciously hip Go.

March 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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An overly calculated concoction that nonetheless delivers a pretty good rush!

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Variety
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An invigorating piece of filmmaking!

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
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An entertaining, clever black comedy!

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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A disaster film with an exceedingly witty premise. Instead of a terrorist, volcano, or extraterrestrial invasion, catastrophe is precipitated by the madcap behavior of rash and reckless American youth.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Finally, there's nothing much to this movie except a lot of funky attitude.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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It's fantastic stuff.

August 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

A better-than-average Tarantinoid piece of cotton candy.

February 14, 2008 Full Review Source:

The writing is go. The performances are go. The film flows like greased go. You don't watch the movie; you go with it. Go, go, go, go and go.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

Delivers big laughs, big thrills and big surprises.

May 26, 2004
Jam! Movies

An original and funny movie that leaves us marvelling at the weak sense of right and wrong each character possesses.

March 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

The best Pulp Fiction rip-off in a long time.

June 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Liman has proven himself at least as much as Favreau or Vaughn, and produced an incredible cinema joyride.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Liman's sophomore effort is breathtaking, with a great soundtrack to help drive the action.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Frenetic, audaciously structured and plot-heavy, packed with enough incident for at least three films.

March 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

It's a fresh, bang-for-your-buck kind of movie. Parents will hate it.

December 30, 2001 Full Review

The freshest, wittiest, most exuberant ensemble youth comedy since Dazed and Confused.

September 27, 2001 Full Review Source:

Three fast-paced black comedies for the price of one with each fascinating enough to stand on its own.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

A crackling good story!

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Compuserve

Of the countless movies patterned after Pulp Fiction, Go is the best one yet!

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: NUVO Newsweekly
NUVO Newsweekly

It is marketed for the druggie generation of post-teens and those swingers in their late 20s, whose Christmas holiday fare might not mirror Bing Crosby's White Christmas.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Go

Acting as both cinematographer and director, this is Doug Liman's third film, and, out of all the films that came out during the mid-late 90s that took major influence (if not outright stole) from Quentin Tarantino, this is probably one of the best, especially since it actually manages to stand on its own.

Full of tons of style and energy, this is a wild and darkly funny romp that was one of the first film to really highlight the club drug ecstasy. What we get here are three interconnected stories that begin at a supermarket, take place over the course of 24 hours or so a few days before Christmas, and feature several employees at said supermarket, with a major thread linking them together being each person's role in/connection to a potentially fruitful drug deal.

The main players include two actors trying to keep out of trouble, a wily Brit who wants to live it up in Vegas, a desperate girl hard up for money, a cop with questionable morals, and a rather volatile drug dealer. We also get a gang of goofy friends, a supportive best friend on the verge of corruption, and a psycho club owner.

One of the many notable things about this film is the ensemble cast, many of whom are made up of then up-and-comers mostly known for TV work. Jay Mohr and Scott Wolf are the actors, Sarah Polley is the girl who needs money, Desmond Askew is the Brit, William Fichtner is the cop, and Timothy Olyphant is the dealer. Breckin Meyer and Taye Diggs are two of the goofball friends, Katie Holmes is the supportive bestie, J. E. Freeman is the club owner, and, oh yeah, Jane Krakowski is the cop's wife. There's even a literally seconds long appearance from a pre-fame Melissa McCarthy.

The acting is pretty good, and maybe better than you'd expect. The characters are colorful, most have some pretty good character arcs, and they're all a lot of fun to watch.

The film has several wild scenes of excess, debauchery, and the madness that sometimes comes with partying, and they're done well, and, unlike Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, get the point across without being so gloriously ugly and unpleasant, thanks to some good direction, camerawork, and editing. The soundtrack is also really good, and really helps bring the proceedings to thumping, pulse-pounding life.

All in all, this is a really good film. It seems fairly underrated to me, which is kind of unfortunate. It's not perfect, but I think it's decent enough and deserving of more attention.
May 18, 2013
Chris Weber

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"A weekend wasted is never a wasted weekend."

Told from three perspectives, a story of a bunch of young Californians trying to get some cash, do and deal some drugs, score money and sex in Las Vegas, and generally experience the rush of life.

"Go" tells three separate stories linked together by a drug deal gone wrong. One concerns a first-time dealer hoping to secure rent money, another concerns a group of pals on a road trip to Vegas and the last concerns a gay couple coerced into co-operating with a sting operation. The narrative approach is similar to films like "Pulp Fiction", wherein multiple story lines contain some common element(s) and intersect at times throughout the film. John August's script uses this approach well and manages to tell a story that is clever and unpredictable. The direction by Doug Liman is also well-handled and shows some inventiveness without being overindulgent.

Additionally, the soundtrack is skillfully assembled and fits the film's atmosphere perfectly. "Go" features a first rate cast of actors who ease nicely into their roles and slide into that fine balance between seriousness and humor that the screenplay establishes. In a similar way, the film itself glides fluidly between past and present, drawing, again like "Pulp Fiction" a giant narrative circumference around the action. It may take awhile for a viewer to capture the rhythms of the film, but, by sticking with it and following it along on its unorthodox course, that viewer will be handsomely rewarded.
July 6, 2012
Lorenzo von Matterhorn

Super Reviewer

Three interconnected stories, comic misadventures if you will, told in lively fashion. I liked it.
July 23, 2011

Super Reviewer

A fun but eventually tiring thriller/comedy concerning a drug deal gone bad and the individuals who get tied up in the mess. This movie wants to give polite tips of the hat to classics like "Rashomon", "Pulp Fiction", and "Run Lola Run", but eventually you get the sense that it is being so derivative to the point of being unoriginal. It does have a cool late 90's vibe to it and the acting is uniformly terrific (William Fichtner comes in out of nowhere and steals the show), but after the scene shifts from Vegas to the two gay actors, it kind of comes to a grinding halt. Still possibly worth a view, but if you want the ultimate messed-up crime comedy tying in assorted people, stick with "Pulp Fiction".
June 22, 2011
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

    1. Claire Montgomery: You know what I like best about Christmas? The surprises. I mean, it's like you get this box and you're sure you know what's inside of it. You know. You shake it, you weight it, you're totally convinced you have it pegged. No doubt in your mind. But then you open it up and it's completely different. You know. Wow, bang, surprise!
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