Going the Distance Reviews

  • 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.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • Acknowledges both the difficulty and the comic potential of the arrangement, and does so with enough insight and charm to make you wonder why frequent-flier love is not a more popular theme in romantic comedies.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • This premise, with better writing, could have made a much more compelling movie.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • 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.

    Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post

  • Between this movie and her fascinating performance in HBO's Grey Gardens, Barrymore, at 35, is becoming a serious comedic actor.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • Nanette Burstein reminds us she was previously a director of documentaries by occasionally shooting with a handheld camera for no discernible reason.

    Karina Longworth — Village Voice

  • 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 still manages to be a suffocating bore.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • There's rat-a-tat dialogue in "Going the Distance," but it's kept small-caliber, and the film does not kid itself -- or us -- about how much hard work is required to keep a flickering flame of feeling alive in the face of a big, cold world.

    James Rocchi — MSN Movies

  • Screenwriter Geoff LaTulippe's story of a recession-era long-distance relationship and its hurdles takes its characters seriously.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • 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.

    Andrea Gronvall — Chicago Reader

  • The film gets many things so right about the conflicts faced by a two-career couple looking for work in a shrinking economy.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • A foul-mouthed rom-com carved from Apatowian intent, but it feels more like a sketch of a movie than the real thing.

    Tom Horgen — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • The film's constant raunch factor balances out its romantic center in a way that will likely surprise and please many.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • In terms of tone and style, the finished product ends up all over the place: Think of it as the Sybil of romantic comedies.

    Randy Cordova — Arizona Republic

  • A bicoastal comedy with a bit of a bipolar disorder.

    Justin Chang — Variety

  • It smothers the already frail story of their characters' long-distance relationship with enough R-rated gross-out humor for half a dozen Judd Apatow movies -- except that virtually none of it is funny.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • [It does] that one thing that a romance absolutely has to do -- touch us.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • Going the Distance is a reminder of the sorry state of the rom-com, where gross scenes and easy-to-write trash talk have replaced smart dialogue.

    Linda Barnard — Toronto Star

  • The long distance aspect was interesting, accurate, and mined for maximum comic effect.

    Laremy Legel — Film.com

  • Particularly forgettable.

    Rick Groen — Globe and Mail

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