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The Way We Get By Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 15, 2009
The earnest documentary is filled with many small moments that are heartfelt.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Don Willmott
November 12, 2009
plucks every heartstring but never in a manipulative or maudlin way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
October 2, 2009
Both a moving testament to the elderly folks who meet the troops and an interesting look at the troops themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
September 25, 2009
It is straightforward work. Yet over time, it becomes clearly, steadfastly about the existential.
| Original Score: 3/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
September 1, 2009
A poignant and lovingly constructed documentary ... and, even though it doesn't wear its politics on its sleeve, it is quite a patriotic picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 27, 2009
Watching them issue hugs produces an involuntary response. You want to hug them, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 17, 2009
This is a nice documentary about nice people who are doing a nice thing.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 17, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
August 14, 2009
Bring your handkerchiefs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Erik Childress
July 27, 2009
These remarkable individuals contribute to a story that is not just indescribably moving but is a timeless metaphor for our country.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
July 19, 2009
A heartfelt, mildly fascinating documentary that lacks sufficient insight to keep you thoroughly intrigued and enlightened.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.9/10
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
July 17, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 17, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Cynthia Fuchs
July 17, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
July 17, 2009
Unfailingly modest and profoundly humane.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Chris Barsanti
Hollywood Reporter
July 17, 2009
Aron Gaudet's film rages with quiet dignity against the dying of the light.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
July 16, 2009
The Way We Get By is neither pro- nor anti-war; it's a somber study of perpetually unsettled lives.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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S. James Snyder
Time Out
July 15, 2009
Though Aron Gaudet's documentary never quite captures the relieved atmosphere of these homecomings, it does acknowledge the dark side of a cheery platitude: those on both sides of the divide are in need of healing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
July 15, 2009
Gaudet has a hard time extending his material to feature length.
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
July 15, 2009
A beautiful, affecting documentary with an appropriately sweet original sound track.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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