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The Way Back Reviews

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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
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
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.
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 20, 2011
Not every incredible story makes a compelling movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 20, 2011
Weir and editor Lee Smith seem preoccupied with hustling events along, and nervous about boring us for even a second. The result is a brisk trot through a story that is, at heart, a tough slog.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
January 20, 2011
How many new ways can you dramatize icy gales, parched deserts, agonizing thirst, shimmering mirages? And how do you step up the pace of a story that's about people walking?
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
December 27, 2010
Landscape trumps character in The Way Back, just as the Siberian and Mongolian wilderness overwhelms the seven gulag escapees at the heart of Peter Weir's 1940-set film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Terry Staunton
Radio Times
December 23, 2010
As extraordinary as the real-life source material may be, Weir stumbles into too many cinematic triumph-over-adversity clichés and the film loses pace over its lengthy running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Fernando F. Croce
March 14, 2011
Screen-saver metaphysics
Robbie Collin
News of the World
December 21, 2010
There are only so many ways you can frame a bunch of hairy men and a token girl stumbling over the prow of a hill while moaning about being thirsty, before it gets boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Demetrius
FILMINK (Australia)
February 22, 2011
Despite an epic premise and the fine talent involved, the characters are under-written and the drama never soars.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
January 20, 2011
It's impossible not to cry at their suffering, but whether you'll feel anything is another story.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 20, 2011
Despite a strong cast that includes Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess, Colin Farrell and Saoirse Ronan, we never really get to know any of the sloggers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
January 28, 2011
The Way Back represents an exquisite example of style over substance, of vast visuals dwarfing the characters and nearly swallowing the story whole.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 20, 2011
There are exhilarating moments, and there are some undeniably tense scenes. Mixed in, however, is possibly more trudging than you're going to see in any other film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
February 24, 2011
full review at Movies for the Masses
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Willie Waffle
January 21, 2011
As they walk through the desert, I was hoping a pack of wild, rabid camels would attack them and eat them to get this movie over with.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 18, 2011
There's even a sense in which the movie is about its own logistics, although it would take a fanatic like Werner Herzog to turn that into compelling cinema.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 22, 2011
There's little human conflict; Sturgess never doubts himself, and the men mostly get along; even Farrell's gangster is on best behavior.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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