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The Way Reviews

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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
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
November 4, 2011
Estevez takes full advantage of the beautiful mountain scenery, dramatic skies and ancient architecture to give us moments of quiet wonder.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 21, 2011
Heartfelt if occasionally plodding.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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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
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 14, 2011
It could have come out sentimental, but doesn't. The secret is the matter-of-factness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
October 13, 2011
"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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
October 12, 2011
"The Way" is one of the better films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 7, 2011
There is nothing terribly spiritual about the journey for any of these people, and yet the sheer arduousness of the trek, the beauty of the countryside, and the personal revelations that ensue all combine to create a transcendent haze.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
October 7, 2011
"The Way" has the makings of a movie that shouldn't work, but it navigates many of those potential faults with surprising competence.
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 7, 2011
"The Way" might have been a bit more eventful. Still, it's good company.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
October 7, 2011
A sensuous, expansive hymn to travel and transformation in a movie that honors earthly pleasures as readily as it contemplates higher things.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 7, 2011
There's nothing startlingly original about Estevez's screenplay, yet it has a modesty you seldom see when Hollywood tackles spiritual subjects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 7, 2011
Estevez does embrace the spiritual and religious elements of his movie. But he's as interested in the journey as the destination.
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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
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 6, 2011
Open yourself up to this thoughtful, moving personal adventure and you're in for a uniquely memorable experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
October 6, 2011
Mr. Estevez is both writer and director of this film, and also turns up in a small role, but he gives the spotlight to his father, who makes quite a lot out of a low-key story that could easily have degenerated into mush.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 6, 2011
A heartfelt project, scrappy and engaging, The Way has its way with audiences despite, not because of, its sentimental excess.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
October 6, 2011
For all his awkwardness Estevez is undeniably sincere, regarding both people and nature with disarming good will and maintaining a steady, soothing pace that allows the life lessons to resonate.
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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
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
October 6, 2011
In many ways a cut-and-dried, by-the-numbers road picture, The Way puts Sheen on the Camino for a life-changing journey, but over the course of the trip, the film changes as much as he does.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 6, 2011
It's a sweet and sincere family pilgrimage, even if a little too long and obvious. Audiences seeking uplift will find it here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 5, 2011
There's a contemplative loveliness to The Way, an affecting personal project both for Emilio Estevez, who wrote, directed, and plays a small role, and for his father, Martin Sheen.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Alison Willmore
Time Out
October 5, 2011
The Way's honey-toned landscapes and shots of alfresco meals shared by international pilgrims at rustic albergues are enough to make anyone ready a backpack and head off on walkabout.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 2, 2011
It's a plucky film that covers a lot of ground and uncovers this wonderful, ancient ritual that people of many faiths and from all walks of life take on.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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