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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Fun.

By dmaslyn
This wasn't Oscar material but it was fun enough. (Better than many recent so-called romantic comedies.) Barrymore and Long were believable enough. Applegate and Gaffigan in their supporting parts...

Five Word Review

By msfit08
Too Many F******G Swear Words!!...

terrific!

By love2watchu
i LOVED it...very very funny..the worked great together. for me, at least it was unpredictable...such is life! go see it for a great laugh!...

Quirky, refreshing, adorable, surprising. HILARIOUS. Tons of fun.

By AhhRealDevon
This movie was definitely Knocked Up meets When Harry Met Sally. It's smart and believable, the actors are real and I didn't check my phone once which is saying a lot for me considering I'm constantly...

Five Word Review

By Sienasilverstone
Cute... But Not Watch Again...

See it

By joshmiera
It was a hilarious movie you must see it....

I'd wait to see it on HBO...or cable

By AlisonHylton
The story was there, but a bit choppy, and the charcaters could have been fleshed out more. Granted, it was a Rom Comedy, not a drama. Since I had nothing better to do that night, not a bad use of...

NOT FOR SENIORS

By lookinggood2
Right from the beginning this film used shocking language and disgusting discussions. We kept hoping Drew Barrymore would clean it up. It only got worse! If this is mature, we're too young for...

Not one of Drew Barrymore's better films

By mooVsR4me
I was hoping for a light, romantic "chick-flick" but got a "so-so" romance with a constant flow of the "F" word. The excessive foul language ruined the movie. Really a waste of money....

Going The Distance (well almost)

By Life-Journey
This movie almost went the distance. Boy meets girl. Both agree that it is necessarily a short term thing. Boy and girl fall in love. Girl moves away, so they do the long distance thing for what...

More Info

Rated R | For Sexual content including dialogue, language throughout, some drug use and brief nudity.
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+ Edgy Barrymore romcom has lots of sex, language.
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