Charlie Sheen, Estevez's brother, is nowhere in sight, though there are times the film could use a shot of tiger blood.
| Original Score: 2/4
There's little in The Way that doesn't succumb to platitudinous conceptions of spirituality or lowest-common-denominator filmmaking.
| Original Score: 1/4
[A] treacly inspirational drama...
| Original Score: 2.5/4
[The] dramatically inert, spiritually generic The Way seems like it was far more fun to shoot than it is to endure.
The Way almost immediately loses its way and stays lost.
| Original Score: 2/5
The film does make a nice travelogue as Tom walks The Way and takes in the scenery. It's not a badly made film but it does aim for very low hanging sentimental fruit.
It goes on and on, and just when you think you can't take any more insufferably trite good intentions, it keeps on going.
| Original Score: 1/5
Should have been reserved for Estevez family gatherings only.
It's the kind of mushy pic you might be inspired to walk out on.
| Original Score: C
The dialogue in "The Way'' is sincerely platitudinous, and Estevez has less of an idea about where to put the camera than when he started two decades ago. He is - how to put this? - not a good director.
With "The Way," writer-director Emilio Estevez has made a respectable failure.
It's a film that could only have been made by an American. They're welcome to it.
Sheen's admirable efforts to keep sentimentality at bay are undercut somewhat by Estevez's clumsy script and uneven direction.
There is certainly no way a documentary about father Sheen and son Estevez walking the Camino de Santiago would be less interesting than this drivel.
The father-son dynamic is played just right, Tom's sightings of his deceased son arriving at key moments. If only that resonance carried into the rest of the story's episodic progression.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
A pretty long slog...while it clearly comes from the heart, it doesn't touch it very deeply.
Okay, since the destination is preordained, what does the script do en route? Estevez's answer is two-fold: minor episodic adventures + incessantly repeated montages.
Emilio Estevez hasn't just been making wine lately. His film The Way, an inspirational drama, is a thoughtful travel pic worth seeing.
| Original Score: 8/10
The Way is inspiring, cathartic, poetic, hopeful, and makes you want to throw on a backpack, start walking and find yourself.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
The Way is a serene experience that prefers to take you by the hand rather than drag you by the foot.
| Original Score: 3/5