88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Director-writer Martin Hynes shapes his first movie into something emotionally truthful, painfully funny and vibrantly alive. It's a near-perfect road movie, since you don't want the ride to end.
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80

New York Magazine (Vulture)

By David Edelstein
This one is alive with discoveries--of locations, characters, the actors who embody them, and even the medium. In The Go-Getter, filmmaking itself feels like Manifest Destiny.
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80

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The sort of discovery meant to be savored by the few who find it, The Go-Getter was made for anyone who ever felt stuck, or alone, or desperate to find their place in the world.
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80

Variety

By Todd McCarthy
An unusually fresh-feeling indie with a nice sense of style. The potentially predictable story of a young man who undertakes an impromptu journey to resolve some unfinished family business emerges as an appealing tale of personal growth with hand-crafted contours.
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75

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
The enchanting voice on the phone, who delightfully shows up in person halfway through, belongs to Zooey Deschanel. In real life, she hooked up with the composer of the lively score, M. Ward, to create the pop duo She & Him.
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70

Village Voice

Modestly rewards with gorgeous sun-spotted cinematography, tender digressions in rather brave quantities, and believably charming dialogue that doesn't all sound like it came from the same brain (listen up, Diablo Cody).
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63

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
A cute, slight tale.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
The sort of quirky independent comedy that strives for hipness but ultimately just feels contrived and derivative.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
This is a fairly well-made picture that's just been fairly well-made too many times before, a knock-off of a thousand other knock-offs.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The Go-Getter travels, but it doesn't go anywhere.
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69 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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