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Going All the Way Reviews

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Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 26, 2009
Wakefield's trenchant coming-of-age tale uses a classic pairing of utterly contrasting types to ground his exploration of innocence and experience, of complacency and the thirst for adventure...
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
The leading men never quite show us the essence of their unlikely friendship.
Michael Dequina
Movie Poop Shoot
February 8, 2005
This funny, oddly moving little film is distinguished by some fine acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
June 13, 2004
Ultimately it's goofy and a little bit confusing, but a few of its insights are worthwhile, if far from unique in this genre.
| Original Score: 3/5
Lael Loewenstein
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Davies and Affleck, though actors of different styles, share a genuine rapport, and their scenes together seem honest and compassionate.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
The only thing that sets it apart from so many forgettable period piece coming-of-age stories is that it has been put together with a degree of care and skill.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
I'm a decade younger than the characters in this movie, but I grew up in a time and place not far from the film's psychic setting. I recognized much.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
First-time feature director Mark Pellington seems a little lost, not quite knowing in what direction to take his film or these characters.
Edward Johnson-Ott
NUVO Newsweekly
January 1, 2000
Wakefield, Pellington and company have much to be proud of here. Hopefully, their work will show other filmmakers that classic books can become winning films, when talented artists respect the integrity of the source.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
Davies steals the show with his sympathetic performance. If you were ever the outcast in school or had a friend who was, Sonny will undoubtedly bring back painful memories.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
[A] myopic male gauntlet of shrews and Jews.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Bob Satuloff
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
That rare '50s piece capable of attracting a young '90s audience.
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Even if it's too self-conscious, Going All the Way, set in 1950s Indianapolis, nevertheless has a mix of the sweet and the forlorn that somehow works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
The camera dances through the imaginations of our heroes with MTV-ish images, and the soundtrack calls up lingering post-World War II tunes mixed with emerging rock 'n' roll to create a bizarre atmosphere that suits Wakefield's material well.
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
January 1, 2000
We're supposed to accept that something, anything, is happening, even though the actors are just standing there spouting memorized lines rather unenthusiastically.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 19, 1997
An old-fashioned coming-of-age story with a newfangled art-film look...
Full Review | Original Score: B
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 18, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Brandon Judell
Entertainment Asylum
December 26, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
September 27, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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Globe and Mail
July 12, 2002
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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