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The Way We Get By (2009)



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

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"The Way We Get By" is a deeply moving ?lm about life and how to live it. Beginning as a seemingly idiosyncratic story about troop greeters -- a group of senior citizens who gather daily at a small airport to thank American soldiers departing and returning from Iraq, the ?lm quickly turns into a moving, unsettling and compassionate story about aging, loneliness, war and mortality. Seeking out the telling detail rather than offering sweeping generalizations, the ?lm carefully builds stories of heartbreak and redemption, reminding us how our culture casts our elders, and too often our soldiers, aside. More important, regardless of your politics, "The Way We Get By" celebrates three unsung heroes who share their love with strangers who need and deserve it.
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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (9)

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

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

Full Review… | August 27, 2009
Boston Globe
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Bring your handkerchiefs.

Full Review… | August 14, 2009
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.

Full Review… | July 17, 2009
New York Post
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Aron Gaudet's film rages with quiet dignity against the dying of the light.

July 17, 2009
Hollywood Reporter
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Unfailingly modest and profoundly humane.

July 17, 2009
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for The Way We Get By

This is a beautiful and simple movie about ordinary heroes. This is a wonderful movie about a group Bangor, Maine residents welcome over 700,000 American troops going to and returning from Afghanistan and/or Iraq. The movie focuses on Bill Knight, Joan Guadet and Jerry Mundy. Regardless of the time or their various handicaps, they take time out of their days to welcome the troops through one of the busiest military interchanges entering into and leaving the United States. This is either the last stop as the troops head out of the country, or the first place they get to before they head home. This is not a political movie. It's a beautiful movie about life, death, people, relationships and a great movie to watch on Memorial Day weekend.

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