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Going Upriver - The Long War of John Kerry (2004)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 83
Fresh: 74
Rotten: 9

Critics Consensus: Interesting and revealing footage of both Kerry and the Vietnam era in general.

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 34
Fresh: 30
Rotten: 4

Critics Consensus: Interesting and revealing footage of both Kerry and the Vietnam era in general.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 988

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Movie Info

Douglas Brinkley's best-selling novel Tour of Duty follows 2004 presidential hopeful John Kerry's years in Vietnam and goes on to illustrate his contribution to peace advocacy groups after being honorably discharged from the Navy. Both of these events, according to George Butler, Tour of Duty director and long-time friend of Senator Kerry, had a profound impact on the politician's personal ideologies, and provided the foundation for Kerry's career. Kerry, who hired Butler as his press secretary … More

Rating:
PG-13 (not Rated)
Genre:
Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts , Special Interest
Directed By:
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In Theaters:
On DVD:
Oct 19, 2004
Box Office:
$0.5M
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for Going Upriver - The Long War of John Kerry

All Critics (91) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (74) | Rotten (9) | DVD (1)

This should be revelatory to most people -- but most people will probably never see Mr. Butler's film, and certainly none of those who consider George W. Bush as next to God.

Full Review… | October 14, 2004
New York Observer
Top Critic

One of the most moving things for me was seeing that some of the high-ranking politicians really did recognize that, hey, we need to meet with these young men and hear what they have to say and that footage is amazing stuff.

Full Review… | October 11, 2004
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Brinkley has done his homework, and the evidence is on the screen.

October 8, 2004
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Top Critic

Butler is on record as a close friend of Kerry's, but he's also a well-respected documentarian, who introduced Arnold Schwarzenegger to America in Pumping Iron and chronicled the heroism of Ernest Shackleton in The Endurance.

Full Review… | October 7, 2004
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Filmgoers in the mood for one more go-round will be fascinated by this documentary by George Butler.

Full Review… | October 6, 2004
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

compelling story without fancy gimmicks and trickery

Full Review… | August 5, 2012
Old School Reviews

It's too bad that Kerry's likely to lose the upcoming election, because this type of hagiography would be far better in the unlikely event that Mr. "Wartime" President is going to be defeated.

Full Review… | June 21, 2007
Film Scouts

...even Kerry fans might be made wistful... Where has that young man gone? Whatever happened to him?

Full Review… | January 27, 2005
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Going Upriver is lucky enough to have at its disposal a genuinely charismatic figure whose sense of his own citizenship is rigorous, questioning, and articulate.

Full Review… | November 2, 2004
Nick's Flick Picks

It's only OK as a movie, but it's a fantastic political ad.

Full Review… | October 31, 2004
EricDSnider.com

Butler's film may do little to change the outcome of the election, but anyone who questions Kerry's convictions should see Going Upriver before casting their vote.

Full Review… | October 29, 2004

There's an innocence, a purity in intention ... that one rarely sees in a documentary.

Full Review… | October 27, 2004
Las Vegas Mercury

It's not angry or loud; it hopes that the truth spoken at a moderate level is stronger than lies trumpeted on national television.

Full Review… | October 19, 2004
Goatdog's Movies

A serious, often very moving portrait of the effect the Vietnam War had on the nation and particularly those who served in it.

Full Review… | October 12, 2004
One Guy's Opinion

Butler's style is lot like Kerry's: analytic, deliberate, a bit plodding, but always with his eyes on the prize.

Full Review… | October 11, 2004

We can only wish all candidates for such high office could match or even come close to the standards of qualification set by Kerry.

Full Review… | October 11, 2004
Cinema Signals

[I]t will leave you with questions you'll be asking long after the November election.

Full Review… | October 8, 2004

Audience Reviews for Going Upriver - The Long War of John Kerry

One of those films that has a short shelf life. Interest in Kerry goes up in 2004 and disappears soon thereafter. I found it and it is pretty good biopic of a rapidly fading public figure.

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