Going My Way Reviews

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David Parkinson
Radio Times
February 18, 2015
Although writer/producer/director Leo McCarey bagged three Oscars for this effortless piece of Catholic whimsy, its enduring charm rests with the Oscar-winning performances of Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Witney Seibold
Nerdist
February 18, 2015
It makes you feel happy. And that's not nothing.
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Kate Cameron
New York Daily News
February 17, 2015
Paramount may have made a more appealing, more tenderly human and amusing picture than "Going My Way," during its many years of film-making, but if so, I have missed it.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 13, 2011
Gooey, warm, comfortable.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 31, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Agee
TIME Magazine
February 17, 2009
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.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 4, 2008
Feel-good religious drama wasn't going my way, but it's hard to resist such good-hearted schmaltz.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Variety Staff
Variety
January 28, 2008
Major thread of gaiety runs through the proceedings, and McCarey has liberally sprinkled sparkling individual episodes along the way for cinch audience reaction.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
December 13, 2006
A warm and moving sleeper hit.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
October 24, 2006
Glossy escapist entertainment that's fun to watch but says nothing terribly noteworthy about the human condition.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Adrian Turner
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Go anywhere to avoid it.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
December 12, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Matt Easterbrook
Matt's Movie Reviews
September 15, 2003
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.
| Original Score: 3/5

Film4
May 24, 2003
It is so well directed by McCarey and played with such a sure touch that it just manages to avoid sermonizing or oversentimentality.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Rich, warm and human to the core.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
March 4, 2003
Best Picture? Wow. They had cynics back then, didn't they?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
August 30, 2002
Overly corny, this feel-good musical is delightful in its naivety, even for the time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
July 30, 2002
The last scene alone justifies the film and Leo McCarey's reputation
| Original Score: 4/5
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
July 25, 2002
Crosby and Fitzgerald work pure magic together.
| Original Score: 5/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
How come filmmakers 50 years ago could do sentiment without going all sappy, and we can't do that now?
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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