The Go-Getter
The Go-Getter (2008)

For the follow-up to his feature debut, 1999's The Big Split, filmmaker Martin Hynes took on this bittersweet road movie about a teenager responding to the untimely death of his mother. Overcome with grief that he's unequipped to… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 6, 2008
DVD Release Date: October 21, 2008
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Critic Score: 42% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A hipster take on the well-traveled road movie, The Go-Getter features nice performances, but ultimately fails to carve its own path.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

The transition from the slopes of Sundance to the hard streets of everywhere else is the artistic equivalent of the bends.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Strives for hipness but ultimately just feels contrived and derivative.

James Rocchi
Common Sense Media

Mature road-trip dramedy doesn't go anywhere new.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

The first road movie that could fit into the mumblecore genre of dithering youth angst: The Go-Getter travels, but it doesn't go anywhere.

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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times

There are moments of beauty here, but not enough to make up for the mannered dialogue and hamstrung performances.

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Chris Cabin

Even when relegated to an audio-only part, Deschanel has a flattering whimsy that etches her hurt and sensuality in equal measures.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Director-writer Martin Hynes shapes his first movie into something emotionally truthful, painfully funny and vibrantly alive.

Stephen Holden
New York Times

Much of the dialogue is so quirky it sounds overheard instead of scripted. The performances are correspondingly spontaneous.

Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News

It's a great premise, and the movie rarely disappoints. (OK, we didn't need the song-and-dance number, but still ...) Hynes has style to spare and storytelling chops. The low-key Go-Getter is well worth discovering.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Matthew Slaven
Manifesting the spirit of indie music (almost exclusively M. Ward, who appears on screen early on and also began his "She and Him" music collaboration… More
Leigh Ryan
Kind of in the middle about liking and disliking. The cast was great along with the storyline, yet it failed to deliver the way it could have. Zooey =… More
Cast: Lou Taylor Pucci, Zooey Deschanel, Jena Malone, Maura Tierney, William Lee Scott, Bill Duke, Giuseppe Andrews, Kathleen M. Darcy, John Anthony Delgado,… More
Jake ....
I swear, I loved literally everything about this movie: the story, the characters, the dialog, the ideas. It's all great. Lou Pucci and Zooey Deschanel… More
Steven Carrier
Against it's own self sabotage, I enjoyed "The Go-Getter." The film never really goes anywhere in terms of plot (which is odd since it's a… More
Rubia Carolina
I liked it a lot and Im not a huge fan of road trip movies. * A reference to Godard: the dance scene of "Bande part" with Kate/Zooey as Odile,… More