Going the Distance

Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 31
  2. Negative: 6 out of 31

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Critic Reviews

  1. The film captures the harshness and the sweetness of our time.
  2. Going the Distance may be a minor movie, but it's also the rare romantic comedy in which you can actually believe what you're seeing.
  3. 80
    Likely to resonate with a generation of young people to whom "When Harry Met Sally's" orgasm scene seems downright quaint.
  4. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    80
    The raunchy but charming Going the Distance is credible, intimate and more appealing than 90% of the romantic pairings in American movies these days.
  5. 75
    To date, no motion picture has adequately captured the soaring highs and devastating lows associated with a long distance relationship, but Going the Distance comes as close as any movie has.
  6. I liked the movie mainly for Barrymore. The way she handles the crucial, early "I love you" moment (he's saying it to her, and the camera shows us what she's thinking), you think: This is one canny actress.
  7. 75
    Going The Distance could stand to color outside the lines a bit more, but it's perceptive about the problems of young people torn between pursuing love or their nascent career ambitions, and the witty script, by first-timer Geoff LaTulippe, is spiked with refreshing profanity.
  8. 75
    Going the Distance earns its R rating, often by daring to say what goes frequently unsaid by women in raunchy comedies. It's not a very good movie. The entire second half is a sitcom.
  9. There's also some gallows humor about the record and newspaper industries, but overall this is a light, genial comedy about denial and self-defense.
  10. While it's both too crude and too commercial to be mistaken for journalism, the good news is that the headliners deliver.
  11. The movie avoids most of the romantic comedy cliches, and its leads are appealing. That's almost enough for me. But not quite.
  12. It's filthy, funny and kind of sweet, if not quite up to the level of Judd Apatow's oeuvre in the burgeoning field of R-rated comedies with heart. You will laugh and blush in equal measure.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 78 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 25
  2. Negative: 7 out of 25
  1. Sep 5, 2010
    0
    Saw the movie based on a couple of positive reviews, but found it disappointing. Drew Barrymore was cute and believable, and there were someSaw the movie based on a couple of positive reviews, but found it disappointing. Drew Barrymore was cute and believable, and there were some good lines, but the plot was thin and needed more pizzazz. Although I don't mind the occasional raw language, the overuse of the f-word became tedious. I found myself agreeing with the "Village Voice" reviewer who wrote, "While the explicitness is more verbal than visual, it more than earns its R rating by having characters rattle on and on about subjects like masturbation, auto-fellatio and dry humping, for no reason at all. Far from seeming candid or provocative, all this dirty talk feels leering and self-conscious. . ." I wish someone would make a decent rom-com, but maybe that's not possible any more. For now, I may stick to reading. I agree with perry1607 that anyone writing a "review" should do more than watch the trailer. Full Review »
  2. Sep 5, 2010
    9
    I saw this movie this afternoon (instead of judging it by the trailer) It was very funny, edgier than I thought it would be. The writing wasI saw this movie this afternoon (instead of judging it by the trailer) It was very funny, edgier than I thought it would be. The writing was good, acting was good (supporting cast was great, especially Christina Applegate). Full Review »
  3. Sep 10, 2010
    4
    Call me sexist, but as I was watching this movie, the apparent age difference between Justin Long and Drew B. bothered me. I mean, he looksCall me sexist, but as I was watching this movie, the apparent age difference between Justin Long and Drew B. bothered me. I mean, he looks much younger than he is, and Drew is just more "together", "mature" - but not at all in a bad way. She just seemed like his babysitter whenever they were hanging out. Perhaps if he acted like he did in "He's Just Not That Into You," they wouldn't have seemed so awkward together. And how is it that I knew her favorite movie would be (spoiler omitted). Is that everyone's favorite movie?? I mean, I loved it, but it's becoming a cliche. Now, I'll say that Christina Applegate and Charlie Day are both excellent in this movie. They salvaged what did get a little boring and stressful. If you've ever been in a long-distance relationship, the film does represent the feelings and the stress pretty accurately, but I don't necessarily want to relive them for FUN! Full Review »