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The Way Back Review Critics


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No walk in the park... Read full review


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Completely exhausting and no pay-off Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Most of those hardships are familiar to movie lovers; that's a reductionist view of a serious and ambitious production, but it is, after all, a movie on a screen. (And a movie with a dreadfully clumsy ending.)

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The Way Back, with its epic story and spectacularly bleak setting, invites comparisons with "Laurence of Arabia" and "Dr. Zhivago." It's awash in vast, unforgiving terrain. So it got the setting right, but not necessarily the substance.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    It's also filled with scenes of extraordinary survival challenges. But the result is oddly impersonal and undifferentiated.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Stephen Farber

    Beyond its visual splendors, however, the film achieves searing moral power.

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