Going All the Way
Going All the Way (1997)

This 1950s drama follows the homecoming of Korean War veterans Gunner and Sonny. The introverted Sonny now finds his life to be very dull. With the self-confident Gunner's help, Sonny gets involved with a gorgeous woman. When the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 19, 1997
DVD Release Date: May 1, 2001
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Its themes may feel overly familiar, but Going All the Way is set apart from other period coming-of-age films by the strength of its performances.

Todd McCarthy

Wakefield's trenchant coming-of-age tale uses a classic pairing of utterly contrasting types to ground his exploration of innocence and experience, of complacency and the thirst for adventure...

Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

Even if it's too self-conscious, Going All the Way, set in 1950s Indianapolis, nevertheless has a mix of the sweet and the forlorn that somehow works.

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Michael Dequina
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This funny, oddly moving little film is distinguished by some fine acting.

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Time Out

The leading men never quite show us the essence of their unlikely friendship.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

I'm a decade younger than the characters in this movie, but I grew up in a time and place not far from the film's psychic setting. I recognized much.

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Christopher Null

Ultimately it's goofy and a little bit confusing, but a few of its insights are worthwhile, if far from unique in this genre.

James Berardinelli

The only thing that sets it apart from so many forgettable period piece coming-of-age stories is that it has been put together with a degree of care and skill.

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

An old-fashioned coming-of-age story with a newfangled art-film look...

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Lael Loewenstein
Boxoffice Magazine

Davies and Affleck, though actors of different styles, share a genuine rapport, and their scenes together seem honest and compassionate.

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In love and life there's only one way to go. Goo Film! At any rate, the plight of Sonny Burns, the protagonist of this film, is so easy to identify with,… More