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.
Rating: NR
Genre: Documentary , Special Interest
Directed By: Aron Gaudet
Written By: Aron Gaudet
In Theaters: wide
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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (9)

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

Full Review… | 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 16, 2009
Hollywood Reporter
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Unfailingly modest and profoundly humane.

Full Review… | July 16, 2009
New York Times
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