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Based on 10 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 3 )
  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Becomes a bracing portrait of three fascinating individuals who use this work as a means to keep living. show more

  • 88
    Washington Post

    Not so much a slice of life as the whole pie, the highs and lows of twilight living, all found and filmed in a terminal at an airport in Maine. What a country. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    Watching them issue hugs produces an involuntary response. You want to hug them, too. show more

  • 63
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    Although it has affecting moments, the film can't quite decide whether it's about aging or about the effects of war on the home front. show more

  • 80
    Film Threat

    Manages to put a new spin on things while being touching, honest, and thought-provoking at the same time. show more

  • 60
    S. James Snyder Time Out New York

    Though Aron Gaudet’s documentary never quite captures the relieved atmosphere of these homecomings, it does acknowledge the dark side of a cheery platitude: those on both sides of the divide are in need of healing. show more

  • 70
    Jeannette Catsoulis The New York Times

    Unfailingly modest and profoundly humane, The Way We Get By profiles three people over 70 whose lives have been changed by a simple act of service. show more

  • 70

    Although the trio's work as "troop greeters" is the film's ostensible subject, their renewed and somewhat tenuous sense of purpose gives the doc its bite. show more

  • 50
    Village Voice

    It's the stuff of a fine short on what any "Bowling Alone" reader knows is the last generation of civic-minded civilians, but Gaudet has a hard time extending his material to feature length. show more

  • 67
    Noel Murray The A.V. Club

    Neither pro- nor anti-war; it’s a somber study of perpetually unsettled lives. show more

  • October 30, 2009 RDever8708
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    This film shows how much America has grown up since I was in Vietnam. You can be against the war and love the men and women who serve. This is an inspiration to future generations on how to treat those who choose to serve.

  • August 31, 2009 vikefan
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    This beautiful film serves as an example of why the World War II generation is one of the greatest generations that ever was...and is.

  • July 17, 2009 Mediatra
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    There is even NO close second to this film. WOW

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