The Way Back Reviews

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March 27, 2020
The Way Back is not only a soap opera - it's a beer opera.
March 21, 2020
Life is messy, but you wouldn't know it from watching this film.
March 13, 2020
Could have been a contender, ended up a bummer.
March 13, 2020
While Affleck has gone on record of saying that working on the film was both a therapeutic and cathartic experience for him, watching it from the balcony is a far drier experience.
March 12, 2020
Sold as a sports movie, The Way Back wishes instead to render a harrowing portrait of addiction but only manages to evoke the bleariest stages of a midweek hangover.
March 12, 2020
I guess there's something poetic and in character about a solid Ben Affleck comeback vehicle finding a way to screw everything up in its second hour.
March 11, 2020
It's a solid effort. There are guts here, just not quite enough glory.
March 11, 2020
In addition to being dull, derivative and undistinguished by contributions either in front of or behind the camera, the film is insufferably pandering and disingenuous.
March 9, 2020
Ben Affleck is good in this mostly tough human drama which, despite a few surprises and subversion, proves so familiar that you just about could have written it yourself.
March 9, 2020
Even a brutal back-story is not enough get viewers on Affleck's side.
March 9, 2020
The force of Ben Affleck's perpetually anguished glower suggests depths that this redemption-through-sports drama doesn't reach.
March 9, 2020
The Way Back wants to be Manchester by the Sea on the hardwood, but it's more like Hoosiers with a hangover.
March 8, 2020
Unfortunately, while there's something to be said for a well-enough told story, when there's a lack of passion and subtlety driving it, the experience is unbearable.
March 6, 2020
This pity party doesn't make the film more meaningful; it crosses a line of decency that insults our ability to absorb storytelling and learn from it.
March 6, 2020
The Way Back emotionally double-dribbles far too often before ultimately clanking the last shot off the front of the iron just as time expires.
March 6, 2020
The worthwhile intentions succumb to an abundance of calculations and clichés. In other words, you know how the game will be won, even if you don't know what the exact score will be.
March 6, 2020
The film makes the path to basketball glory and the road to personal redemption seem oddly effortless.
March 6, 2020
Compared to some of his recent work, Affleck's acting here feels effortlessly restrained and, for obvious reasons, deeply personal. Too bad the movie itself, filled with familiar beats, can't live up to Affleck's passionate delivery. [C+]
March 5, 2020
The trouble is, despite a couple of decent performances at its heart and a nice shift behind the camera from Eduard Grau (Buried) The Way Back just never achieves lift off.
March 5, 2020
Aside from Affleck's quietly convincing performance, "The Way Back" offers nothing to make it stand out in a crowded field of underdog sports movies.
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