The Way Back
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Directed by six-time Academy Award (R) nominee Peter Weir, THE WAY BACK is an epic story of survival, solidarity and indomitable human will. Shot in Bulgaria, Morocco and India, the film stars Jim Sturgess (Across the Universe, The Other Boleyn Girl), Ed Harris (Appaloosa) and Colin Farrell (In Bruges) as prisoners of a Soviet Union labor camp, who, along with four others, flee their Siberian Gulag and begin a treacherous journey across thousands of miles of hostile terrain. Academy Award (R) nominee Saoirse Ronan (Atonement, The Lovely Bones) and Mark Strong (Body of Lies, RocknRolla)… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Weir has always loved atmospheric locales and group dynamics, and here he makes the most of both"
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"This is an impressive production and technical feat, but through most of it, I kept thinking about how difficult the filming conditions must have been, and not about the lives of the men in front of me."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"The Way Back is an inspiring story that is beautifully photographed and full of interesting and well acted characters."
‑ Amy Curtis, We Got This Covered
"a solid, resonant meditation on survival, on hope, on the value of life in the face of implacable hostility, portrayed memorably by an excellent cast and [Director] Weir's vast, brutal, awe-inspiring landscapes"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"However, among solid performances, beautiful locations, and a truly harrowing journey, this film left me feeling empty."
‑ Grae Drake,
"Eventually the film itself is something of an endurance test, and not as rewarding as it hopes to be. But it's a worthy venture, earnest and well-produced and occasionally gripping."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"he long stretches between stations make The Way Back an arduous road."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Like its characters, this drama plods along but its compelling plot makes it worth seeing."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"An old fashioned survival yarn, beautifully shot and well-told."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"It's unfortunate that Peter Weir's first film in seven years, although a remarkable story, by its very nature risks tediousness."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Moving Pictures Magazine
"The abiding sensation, at the end, is one not of fulfillment but of exhaustion."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"The Way Back represents an exquisite example of style over substance, of vast visuals dwarfing the characters and nearly swallowing the story whole."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
""The Way Back" is a boring movie. Repetitive, protracted and wearisome. Mostly, though: It's just long."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"Script-wise, there is nothing truly revelatory here, but the patient viewer will be rewarded by a film of unique awe and heart wrenching wonder."
‑ Bruce Bennett, Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
"This is a perfect example of the well-made (from acclaimed director Peter Weir), well-acted and well-everything-elsed film that you watch, admire and then hope to never lay eyes on again."
‑ Dave White,
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