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Based on 33 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 6 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The director, 66, brings his passion for precision to every frame of the film, refusing to hype or Hollywoodize the detailed richness of the story. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    As Russell Boyd's remarkable cinematography emphasizes the dwarfing grandeur of the surrounding topography, Weir shows how the corresponding smallness of individuals is compensated for by the grandeur of their aspiration. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The Way Back, with its epic story and spectacularly bleak setting, invites comparisons with "Laurence of Arabia" and "Dr. Zhivago." It's awash in vast, unforgiving terrain. So it got the setting right, but not necessarily the substance. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Most of those hardships are familiar to movie lovers; that's a reductionist view of a serious and ambitious production, but it is, after all, a movie on a screen. (And a movie with a dreadfully clumsy ending.) show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Whether it is truth, fiction or, most likely, a little of each, the story Weir tells is a powerful parable of man's charge for freedom and his humbling by nature. show more

  • 80
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    The man-versus-the-natural world story is in Weir's wheelhouse, and Harris and Farrell get into a scene-stealing duel. Worth the trek. show more

  • 80
    Stephen Farber The Hollywood Reporter

    Beyond its visual splendors, however, the film achieves searing moral power. show more

  • 70

    Weir's artisan's sureness grants a bewitching calm - his trademark ambience - to this harrowing tale. show more

  • 88
    Dan Kois Washington Post

    The Way Back diligently catalogs the outrages through which extreme cold, hunger and thirst put the body, and Weir's camera finds the terrible beauty in his actors' chapped lips, windburned cheeks and tenderized feet. show more

  • 75
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    Stirring as it frequently is, The Way Back is a good movie that should have been a classic. show more

  • September 16, 2011 Barb and Jim
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    Extremely well done. Worth the time to watch. Amazing story if you like human drama. Take the time to watch the 45 minute or so discussion of how the movie was put together with filming in Bulgria, Morroco, Etc.

  • May 07, 2011 jackd1207
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    Based on a true story. I felt that some of the time spent on the struggles these brave men faced, should have been spent in character development. Still a gripping, and worthwhile film.

  • January 29, 2011 Trisha2577
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    This movie was so realistic. The acting was amazing. A must see!

  • January 27, 2011 pjs411
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    OMG, this is the longest movie ever! I felt like I took the 4,000 mile walk with them and not in a good way. The freezing, the sweating, the thirst, the bug bites, the starving....the one-dimensional characters....definitely wait for it on dvd, but be forewarned that you will probably fall asleep. I am really in shock at the "see it!" ratings. I give it a grade of C-/

  • January 25, 2011 billynopus
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    Thought it was a good movie..

  • January 25, 2011 zmanmich
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    Good movie

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