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Going My Way (1944)

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71

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 21
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 6

Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald are eminently likable, and film is pleasantly sentimental, but it suffers from a surplus of sweetness.

60

Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 2

Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald are eminently likable, and film is pleasantly sentimental, but it suffers from a surplus of sweetness.

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It took some doing to persuade the staunchly Catholic Bing Crosby to play a happy-go-lucky priest in Going My Way; luckily he acquiesced, winning an Academy Award in the process. Crosby is cast as Father Chuck O'Malley, newly arrived at rundown, heavily in debt St. Dominic's Church. Father Fitzgibbon (Barry Fitzgerald), the cranky, set-in-his-ways curate of St. Dominic's, is none too pleased with O'Malley's breezy, "modernistic" methods. Fitzgibbon is content to adhere to the policies he has

Feb 6, 2007

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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (6) | DVD (3)

There's nothing special or memorable about this overlong endeavor, the first of two motion pictures to feature Bing Crosby's insufferably noble Father Chuck O'Malley.

August 31, 2010 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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It offers, in the performance of nutcracker-faced, 56-year-old Barry Fitzgerald, the finest, funniest and most touching portrayal of old age that has yet reached the screen.

February 17, 2009 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Major thread of gaiety runs through the proceedings, and McCarey has liberally sprinkled sparkling individual episodes along the way for cinch audience reaction.

January 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Go anywhere to avoid it.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
Time Out
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Rich, warm and human to the core.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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The story of two marathon runners...who play musical chairs with military uniforms in stumbling their way from China to Omaha Beach over the course of WWII...might well have been titled 'Chariots of Cliches.'

June 1, 2012 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Gooey, warm, comfortable.

January 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Feel-good religious drama wasn't going my way, but it's hard to resist such good-hearted schmaltz.

March 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A warm and moving sleeper hit.

December 13, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Glossy escapist entertainment that's fun to watch but says nothing terribly noteworthy about the human condition.

October 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

A sentimental crowd-pleaser, well-directed by Le McCarey, this tale about a priest (Bing Crosby) assigned to a problematic parish was so popular that Paramount reteamed the same players for The Bells of St. Mary's.

December 12, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Even though I love a good family film now and then, this was too much even for me. It was like having a root canal of cream filling.

September 15, 2003
Matt's Movie Reviews

It is so well directed by McCarey and played with such a sure touch that it just manages to avoid sermonizing or oversentimentality.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Best Picture? Wow. They had cynics back then, didn't they?

March 4, 2003 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Overly corny, this feel-good musical is delightful in its naivety, even for the time.

August 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Zap2it.com
Zap2it.com

The last scene alone justifies the film and Leo McCarey's reputation

July 30, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Crosby and Fitzgerald work pure magic together.

July 25, 2002
Matinee Magazine

How come filmmakers 50 years ago could do sentiment without going all sappy, and we can't do that now?

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
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Audience Reviews for Going My Way

Alright, so yeah, this film is very old fashioned, schmaltzy, sentimental, and even a tad corny perhaps, but you know what? I don't care. It's entertaining, well meaning, pretty good, and really hard not to like. We need stuff like this once in a while.

The story concerns a young and easy going priest named Chuck O'Malley who is assigned to St. Dominic's: a church on the brink of going under. He doesn't get along with the head priest Father Fitzgibbon, but when the effects of O'Malley's attempts to bring the community together are felt, things do begin to change for the better.

This is a nice little film, and it did spawn a sequel: The Bells of St. Mary's. That one's a lot like this one, with a similar plot and premise, but it is here where Crosby originated the character, and won an Oscar for his efforts. He really does put in some nice work, and he, like the character, is just really hard to dislike. He's just so damn charming and irresistable I can't stand it.

Barry Fitzgerald is also quite good as Fitzgibbon. and Rise Stevens and Frank McHugh are decent as childhood friends of O'Malley's.

All in all, this may be a pretty light and predictable film, but it's a harmless film with a lot of heart and a good message. It also looks good, and the singing is top notch too. Give this one a go. It may not be worthy of all of the Oscars it won, but it's hardly a forgettable piece of dreck.
March 17, 2012
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Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

An unconventional priest works to reform a failing parish.
I'm a big fan of Bing Crosby's voice; so easy and melodic, he makes it seem as though anyone can sing like him, which of course no one can. But this isn't a musical. It isn't a drama or comedy either. If anything, it's two hours of the most saccharine nonsense I've seen. At the heart of this diabetic's nightmare is Crosby's character, Father O'Malley, who is flawless. His character is never put up for question, and his methods, ideals, mannerisms, or personality remain thoroughly unchallenged by other characters, the film's circumstances, or any subjectivity. He is just there in an untarnished and idolized unreality. The film's problems, such as they are, seem no match for O'Malley, and we see him easily navigate the church's financial troubles, a woman who's run away from home, and an old flame who serendipitously re-enters his life. And when the film ends on another sweet note, I felt like I had just seen a slice of life that was so watered down with religious idealism that it bore no resemblance to anything I've seen living.
Overall, there's nothing memorable about Going My Way except for the few moments when we get to hear Crosby sing, but for that you can buy the soundtrack and save yourself two hours.
October 29, 2011
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Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Crosby plays a young cool priest who helps out the community and the parish. A really nice movie, I couldn't help but like it.
October 13, 2010
ajv2688

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Charming film, a bit hokey but Bing carries it along on his charisma.
March 30, 2010
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jay nixon

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