Going the Distance Synopsis
A journalism student and her boyfriend try to navigate the pitfalls of a bi-coastal romance.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The film captures the harshness and the sweetness of our time.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
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.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
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...
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
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...
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
The movie avoids most of the romantic comedy cliches, and its leads are appealing. That's almost enough for me. But not quite.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
As it is, this uneven movie is more a compilation of contemporary images and concerns peppered with derivative raucous scenarios, à la Judd...
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40

Movieline

By Michelle Orange
The disconcerting thing is how easy it is to fool viewers into being satisfied with not being involved, or even entertained - as long as...
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38

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
A sappy-sweet romcom that seems to have been invaded by a screenwriter - one Geoff LaTulippe - with delusions that he's David Mamet.
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30

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
This empty, immature romantic comedy ultimately feels as if it's filled with all the hot air that separates New York and San Francisco, yet...
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20

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Going the Distance is, in a way, a remarkable film: It's hard to imagine any romantic comedy going wrong in so many different ways.
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Rated R | For Sexual content including dialogue, language throughout, some drug use and brief nudity.
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Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+ Edgy Barrymore romcom has lots of sex, language.
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