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The Way We Get By (2009)



Average Rating: 7.5/10
Reviews Counted: 24
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 2

The Way We Get By is a thoughtful, poignant look at some unsung American heroes.


Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 1

The Way We Get By is a thoughtful, poignant look at some unsung American heroes.



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American service men and women are a frequent sight at the Bangor International Airport in Maine; many troops returning from overseas assignments pass through the airport as they make their way home or to their next mission. Since the United States invasion of Iraq in 2003, over 800,000 U.S. soldiers have arrived at Bangor International, and nearly all of them have been met by Bill Knight, Joan Gaudet, and Jerry Mundy. Calling themselves "the Maine Troop Greeters," Knight, Gaudet, and Mundy are


Documentary, Special Interest

Nov 10, 2009

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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (2)

It is straightforward work. Yet over time, it becomes clearly, steadfastly about the existential.

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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Watching them issue hugs produces an involuntary response. You want to hug them, too.

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Bring your handkerchiefs.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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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, and its modest scale is more appropriate for TV than the big screen.

July 17, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Post | Comment (1)
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Unfailingly modest and profoundly humane.

July 17, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Aron Gaudet's film rages with quiet dignity against the dying of the light.

July 17, 2009
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The earnest documentary is filled with many small moments that are heartfelt.

November 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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plucks every heartstring but never in a manipulative or maudlin way.

November 12, 2009 Full Review Source:

Both a moving testament to the elderly folks who meet the troops and an interesting look at the troops themselves.

October 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

A poignant and lovingly constructed documentary ... and, even though it doesn't wear its politics on its sleeve, it is quite a patriotic picture.

September 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

This is a nice documentary about nice people who are doing a nice thing.

August 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

I can't recall when I last noticed such a lovely and distinct color palette used in a documentary...a poetic reflection on man facing his mortality.

August 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

These remarkable individuals contribute to a story that is not just indescribably moving but is a timeless metaphor for our country.

July 27, 2009 Full Review Source:

A heartfelt, mildly fascinating documentary that lacks sufficient insight to keep you thoroughly intrigued and enlightened.

July 19, 2009 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

Contains more useful, homespun philosophizing and genuine sentiment than a year's worth of narrative films. That it's so well made is a bonus.

July 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

The Way We Get By stays focused on the greeters' mix of loneliness and determination, the pleasure of feeling needed and the pain of growing old.

July 17, 2009 Full Review Source: PopMatters

The Way We Get By is neither pro- nor anti-war; it's a somber study of perpetually unsettled lives.

July 16, 2009 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

A beautiful, affecting documentary with an appropriately sweet original sound track.

July 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
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