The Way


The Way

Critics Consensus

It may be a little too deliberately paced for more impatient viewers, but The Way is a worthy effort from writer/director Emilio Estevez, balancing heartfelt emotion with clear-eyed drama that resists cheap sentiment.



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The Way is a powerful and inspirational story about family, friends, and the challenges we face while navigating this ever changing and complicated world. Martin Sheen plays Tom, an irascible American doctor who comes to St. Jean Pied de Port, France to collect the remains of his adult son (played by Emilio Estevez), killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking The Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of Saint James. Rather than return home, Tom decides embark on the historical pilgrimage to honor his son's desire to finish the journey. What Tom doesn't plan on, is the profound impact the journey will have on him and his "California Bubble Life". Inexperienced as a trekker, Tom soon discovers that he will not be alone on this journey. -- (C) Icon

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Martin Sheen
as Tom Avery
Emilio Estevez
as Daniel Avery
Tcheky Karyo
as Captain Henri
Simón Andreu
as Don Santiago
Eusebio Lazaro
as El Ramón
Antonio Gil
as Ishmael
Joe Torrenueva
as Father Sandoval
Matt Clark
as Father Frank
Stéphane Dausse
as French Mortician
Anthony Von Seck
as Sitar Playing Pilgrim
José Luis Molina
as Policeman #1
José Javier Ruiz
as Policeman #2
Omar Muñoz
as Gypsy Boy
Milagros Alcalde Díez
as El Molino Innkeeper
Maximiano Benito Nebreda
as El Molino Innkeeper
Santi Prego
as Santiago Office Clerk
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All Critics (98) | Top Critics (30)

  • Okay, since the destination is preordained, what does the script do en route? Estevez's answer is two-fold: minor episodic adventures + incessantly repeated montages.

    Nov 4, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Estevez takes full advantage of the beautiful mountain scenery, dramatic skies and ancient architecture to give us moments of quiet wonder.

    Nov 4, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Heartfelt if occasionally plodding.

    Oct 21, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • With "The Way," writer-director Emilio Estevez has made a respectable failure.

    Oct 20, 2011 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • "The Way" is overly earnest and clumsily directed by Emilio Estevez (the non-prodigal son of Sheen). Yet it is nonetheless effective in evoking empathy and introspection.

    Oct 13, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • "The Way" is one of the better films of the year.

    Oct 12, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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