Going All the Way Reviews

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...
July 18, 2005
February 8, 2005
This funny, oddly moving little film is distinguished by some fine acting.
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.
December 26, 2002
June 5, 2002
Davies and Affleck, though actors of different styles, share a genuine rapport, and their scenes together seem honest and compassionate.
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.
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.
January 1, 2000
That rare '50s piece capable of attracting a young '90s audience.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 1, 2000
September 19, 1997
An old-fashioned coming-of-age story with a newfangled art-film look...