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83
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.
80
Boxoffice Magazine
Likely to resonate with a generation of young people to whom "When Harry Met Sally's" orgasm scene seems downright quaint.
75
To date, no motion picture has adequately captured the soaring highs and devastating lows associated with a long distance relationship, but Going the Distance comes as close as any movie has.
60
If it is at times a bit indie-by-numbers without the courage of all its convictions, this is a grittier, saltier than usual rom-com populated with laughs, smarts and a couple you can root for.
50
When Going the Distance works, it works well, and it feels genuine. But like a bad relationship, the movie will continually let you down.
50
Orlando Sentinel
There's an unexpected wistfulness, a bittersweet undercurrent to Going the Distance that could not have been in the script. This romantic comedy co-starring Drew Barrymore and longtime beau Justin Long was finished just as the real life couple was splitting up. For good, this time.
40
Variety
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.
40
Village Voice
Distance is rated R because everyone swears excessively for no reason, the supporting cast of smart comedians (Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis) saddled with delivering painfully dumb, often unnecessarily dirty dialogue.
40
Just because you tart up a typical romantic comedy with trash talk doesn't make it edgy or real.
20
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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