• PG-13, 2 hr. 13 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Peter Weir
    In Theaters:
    Jan 21, 2011 Wide
    On DVD:
    Apr 22, 2011
  • Newmarket Films LLC


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The Way Back Reviews

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Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered

The Way Back is an inspiring story that is beautifully photographed and full of interesting and well acted characters.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 8/10

July 24, 2013
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

Like its characters, this drama plods along but its compelling plot makes it worth seeing.

Full Review Source: Big Hollywood | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 30, 2013
Will Leitch

"The Way Back" is a boring movie. Repetitive, protracted and wearisome. Mostly, though: It's just long.

Full Review Source: Deadspin | Original Score: C

June 22, 2013
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

a solid, resonant meditation on survival, on hope, on the value of life in the face of implacable hostility, portrayed memorably by an excellent cast and [Director] Weir's vast, brutal, awe-inspiring landscapes

Full Review Source: Cinema Writer | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 16, 2013
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

An old fashioned survival yarn, beautifully shot and well-told.

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 3/4

January 16, 2013
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Script-wise, there is nothing truly revelatory here, but the patient viewer will be rewarded by a film of unique awe and heart wrenching wonder.

Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: B

May 12, 2011
Grae Drake

However, among solid performances, beautiful locations, and a truly harrowing journey, this film left me feeling empty.

Full Review Source: Movies.com | Original Score: 2/5

May 6, 2011
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine

It's unfortunate that Peter Weir's first film in seven years, although a remarkable story, by its very nature risks tediousness.

Full Review Source: Moving Pictures Magazine

April 16, 2011
Dave White

This is a perfect example of the well-made (from acclaimed director Peter Weir), well-acted and well-everything-elsed film that you watch, admire and then hope to never lay eyes on again.

Full Review Source: Movies.com | Original Score: 3/5

April 4, 2011
Fernando F. Croce

Screen-saver metaphysics

Full Review Source: CinePassion

March 14, 2011
Marc Fennell
Triple J

There is a limit to how many times one human can watch toothless, malnourished men stumble around the desert bitching about communism and a lack of borscht.

Full Review Source: Triple J | Original Score: 3/5

March 7, 2011
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)

An exceptional adventure story from one of the founding fathers of Australia's modern cinema.

Full Review Source: The Age (Australia) | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 5, 2011
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

It may not seem like much of a compliment to say a movie makes you feel like you've walked 4,000 miles, but "The Way Back" puts you in its characters' tattered shoes and makes you care whether they make it home or not.

Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 3/4

March 4, 2011
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)

Visually, as with all Peter Weir's films, this is really outstanding and really quite memorable.

Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 4/5

February 24, 2011
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

It's an uncompromising film, necessarily episodic in its depiction of the group's quest for survival, but mesmerizingly involving.

Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 4/5

February 24, 2011
Beth Wilson

The characters are so underdeveloped that there exists no real relationship between them on screen or in fact between characters and the audience.

Full Review Source: Trespass

February 24, 2011
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses

full review at Movies for the Masses

Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Original Score: 2/5

February 24, 2011
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

An epic tale of mind, body, and spirit, The Way Back looks at the other side of WWII atrocities, and marks the return of master filmmaker Peter Weir.

Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 4/5

February 24, 2011
Don Groves

A great escape leads to a harrowing test of endurance.

Full Review Source: sbs.com.au | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 22, 2011
Mark Demetrius
FILMINK (Australia)

Despite an epic premise and the fine talent involved, the characters are under-written and the drama never soars.

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

February 22, 2011
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