Going My Way
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It took some doing to persuade the staunchly Catholic Bing Crosby to play a happy-go-lucky priest in Going My Way; luckily he acquiesced, winning an Academy Award in the process. Crosby is cast as Father Chuck O'Malley, newly arrived at rundown, heavily in debt St. Dominic's Church. Father Fitzgibbon (Barry Fitzgerald), the cranky, set-in-his-ways curate of St. Dominic's, is none too pleased with O'Malley's breezy, "modernistic" methods. Fitzgibbon is content to adhere to the policies he has followed for nearly 45 years. Without overtly challenging… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's nothing special or memorable about this overlong endeavor, the first of two motion pictures to feature Bing Crosby's insufferably noble Father Chuck O'Malley."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Go anywhere to avoid it."
‑ , Time Out
"Gooey, warm, comfortable."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Glossy escapist entertainment that's fun to watch but says nothing terribly noteworthy about the human condition."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"It is so well directed by McCarey and played with such a sure touch that it just manages to avoid sermonizing or oversentimentality."
‑ , Film4
"It offers, in the performance of nutcracker-faced, 56-year-old Barry Fitzgerald, the finest, funniest and most touching portrayal of old age that has yet reached the screen."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Rich, warm and human to the core."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Feel-good religious drama wasn't going my way, but it's hard to resist such good-hearted schmaltz."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A sentimental crowd-pleaser, well-directed by Le McCarey, this tale about a priest (Bing Crosby) assigned to a problematic parish was so popular that Paramount reteamed the same players for The Bells of St. Mary's."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Best Picture? Wow. They had cynics back then, didn't they?"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Major thread of gaiety runs through the proceedings, and McCarey has liberally sprinkled sparkling individual episodes along the way for cinch audience reaction."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The story of two marathon runners...who play musical chairs with military uniforms in stumbling their way from China to Omaha Beach over the course of WWII...might well have been titled 'Chariots of Cliches.'"
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"A warm and moving sleeper hit."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Even though I love a good family film now and then, this was too much even for me. It was like having a root canal of cream filling."
‑ Matt Easterbrook, Matt's Movie Reviews
"Overly corny, this feel-good musical is delightful in its naivety, even for the time."
‑ Michael Szymanski, Zap2it.com
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