Going the Distance Reviews
09.02.10 by REELZ
The R-rated comedy Going the Distance (starring Drew Barrymore and Justin Long) has been drowned out by The American and Machete, yet it's opening in more theaters than either of them. Is it worth a trip to the theater, or wait for it on cable?
"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."
— Scott Tobias, Onion AV Club
"...fervently follows its genre's trademark formula, its lack of imagination so pronounced that it's a miracle Cake's "The Distance" doesn't appear on the soundtrack."
— Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"...a not-very-good romantic comedy..."
— Karina Longworth, Village Voice
"...this uneven effort saddles its likable leads, Drew Barrymore and Justin Long, with the kind of verbally exaggerated sexual humor that not only comes off as embarrassingly strained and calculated, but also compromises what the picture genuinely wants to be -- a sweet, sincere look at the often-competing priorities of work and romance."
— Justin Chang, Variety
"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. There almost seems to be a contest going on for worst scene, worst character, most cringe-inducing moment and most awesomely bad line."
— Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter