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The Way Back Reviews

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Sean Axmaker
August 21, 2016
[Peter] Weir is marvelously attuned to the natural world but keeps the focus on the human story while acknowledging the power of the natural world, not hostile so much as inhospitable...
Top Critic
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 12, 2016
The man-versus-the-natural world story is in Weir's wheelhouse, and Harris and Farrell get into a scene-stealing duel. Worth the trek.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
A gorgeously mounted epic that for all its virtues feels maddeningly remote.
Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered
July 24, 2013
The Way Back is an inspiring story that is beautifully photographed and full of interesting and well acted characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
Like its characters, this drama plods along but its compelling plot makes it worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Will Leitch
June 22, 2013
"The Way Back" is a boring movie. Repetitive, protracted and wearisome. Mostly, though: It's just long.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
February 16, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 16, 2013
An old fashioned survival yarn, beautifully shot and well-told.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
May 12, 2011
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 | Original Score: B
Grae Drake
May 6, 2011
However, among solid performances, beautiful locations, and a truly harrowing journey, this film left me feeling empty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
April 16, 2011
It's unfortunate that Peter Weir's first film in seven years, although a remarkable story, by its very nature risks tediousness.
Dave White
April 4, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Fernando F. Croce
March 14, 2011
Screen-saver metaphysics
Marc Fennell
Triple J
March 7, 2011
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
March 5, 2011
An exceptional adventure story from one of the founding fathers of Australia's modern cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
March 4, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
February 24, 2011
Visually, as with all Peter Weir's films, this is really outstanding and really quite memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
February 24, 2011
It's an uncompromising film, necessarily episodic in its depiction of the group's quest for survival, but mesmerizingly involving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Beth Wilson
February 24, 2011
The characters are so underdeveloped that there exists no real relationship between them on screen or in fact between characters and the audience.
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
February 24, 2011
full review at Movies for the Masses
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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