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The Way Back Reviews

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Sean Axmaker
Seanax.com
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...
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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
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
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
Dave White
Movies.com
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
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
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
February 24, 2011
An epic tale of mind, body, and spirit, The Way Back looks at the other side of WWII atrocities, and marks the return of master filmmaker Peter Weir.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Don Groves
sbs.com.au
February 22, 2011
A great escape leads to a harrowing test of endurance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Glynn Morgan
Moviedex
February 22, 2011
As dreary as the film is, it draws you in with its captivating, yet sober, cinematography and the solid performances of the cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
February 21, 2011
It's not the sort of prison escape movie that Hollywood makes these days: it's more subtle, more moody, more restrained and it has no histrionics
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
February 21, 2011
..extreme challenge of human endeavour that ends with an overwhelming flush of emotion
Alice Tynan
Concrete Playground
February 20, 2011
A beautifully hewn, honest and courageous film. It's Man Vs. Wild, for real.
Tim Martain
The Mercury
February 20, 2011
The Way Back is an epic adventure with enough humour to keep it from feeling dour but enough realism to make it really feel like everything is at stake.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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