Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry
Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry (2004)

Douglas Brinkley's best-selling novel Tour of Duty follows 2004 presidential hopeful John Kerry's years in Vietnam and goes on to illustrate his contribution to peace advocacy groups after being honorably discharged from the Navy.… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: October 1, 2004
DVD Release Date: October 19, 2004
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Interesting and revealing footage of both Kerry and the Vietnam era in general.

Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

This should be revelatory to most people -- but most people will probably never see Mr. Butler's film, and certainly none of those who consider George W. Bush as next to God.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Butler is on record as a close friend of Kerry's, but he's also a well-respected documentarian, who introduced Arnold Schwarzenegger to America in Pumping Iron and chronicled the heroism of Ernest Shackleton in The Endurance.

John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

compelling story without fancy gimmicks and trickery

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

One of the most moving things for me was seeing that some of the high-ranking politicians really did recognize that, hey, we need to meet with these young men and hear what they have to say and that footage is amazing stuff.

Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Filmgoers in the mood for one more go-round will be fascinated by this documentary by George Butler.

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

It's too bad that Kerry's likely to lose the upcoming election, because this type of hagiography would be far better in the unlikely event that Mr. "Wartime" President is going to be defeated.

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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com

Brinkley has done his homework, and the evidence is on the screen.

Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

A highly effective campaign biography.

Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...even Kerry fans might be made wistful... Where has that young man gone? Whatever happened to him?

Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
One of those films that has a short shelf life. Interest in Kerry goes up in 2004 and disappears soon thereafter. I found it and it is pretty good biopic of a… More