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The Way Reviews

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Top Critic
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 6, 2011
Charlie Sheen, Estevez's brother, is nowhere in sight, though there are times the film could use a shot of tiger blood.
| Original Score: 2/4
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
October 2, 2011
There's little in The Way that doesn't succumb to platitudinous conceptions of spirituality or lowest-common-denominator filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
October 6, 2011
[A] treacly inspirational drama...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
October 4, 2011
[The] dramatically inert, spiritually generic The Way seems like it was far more fun to shoot than it is to endure.
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
November 4, 2011
The Way almost immediately loses its way and stays lost.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Beth Accomando
December 16, 2011
The film does make a nice travelogue as Tom walks The Way and takes in the scenery. It's not a badly made film but it does aim for very low hanging sentimental fruit.
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
May 10, 2011
It goes on and on, and just when you think you can't take any more insufferably trite good intentions, it keeps on going.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Matt Pais
October 6, 2011
Should have been reserved for Estevez family gatherings only.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 20, 2011
It's the kind of mushy pic you might be inspired to walk out on.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 6, 2011
The dialogue in "The Way'' is sincerely platitudinous, and Estevez has less of an idea about where to put the camera than when he started two decades ago. He is - how to put this? - not a good director.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 20, 2011
With "The Way," writer-director Emilio Estevez has made a respectable failure.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
May 13, 2011
It's a film that could only have been made by an American. They're welcome to it.
May 16, 2011
Sheen's admirable efforts to keep sentimentality at bay are undercut somewhat by Estevez's clumsy script and uneven direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
October 6, 2011
There is certainly no way a documentary about father Sheen and son Estevez walking the Camino de Santiago would be less interesting than this drivel.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
October 6, 2011
The father-son dynamic is played just right, Tom's sightings of his deceased son arriving at key moments. If only that resonance carried into the rest of the story's episodic progression.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
October 6, 2011
A pretty long slog...while it clearly comes from the heart, it doesn't touch it very deeply.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
November 4, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mark Jackson
Epoch Times
July 13, 2016
Emilio Estevez and father Martin Sheen may have made this heartwarming pilgrimage movie with troubled brother/son Charlie in mind-in hopes that he'd see the need for a thorough soul-cleansing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered
February 11, 2013
Emilio Estevez hasn't just been making wine lately. His film The Way, an inspirational drama, is a thoughtful travel pic worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
April 29, 2012
The Way is inspiring, cathartic, poetic, hopeful, and makes you want to throw on a backpack, start walking and find yourself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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