The Way We Were
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In 1937 spit-fire Katie Morosky briefly meets the preppy Hubbell Gardiner. Almost eight years later, the two are reunited in New York, when leftist radio worker Katie spies military officer Hubbell in a nightclub. The two opposites fall in love and head to Hollywood so that Hubbell can write a screenplay for producer pal J.J. But the House Committee on Un-American Activities' Communist witch hunt in 1947 tears the pair apart, as a pregnant Katie refuses to keep silent about the jailing of the Hollywood Ten, while a faithless Hubbell decides to save his career. When the two meet again in… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A distended, talky, redundant and moody melodrama."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"It's easy to forgive the movie a lot because of Streisand. She's fantastic."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The politics are relegated to the background, and what is left is a commercially astute weepie."
‑ , Film4
"The story of Jewish left-wing ugly duckling and the WASP prince with whom she falls in love encapsulates its time and emotions with knowing precision."
‑ , Austin Chronicle
"certainly a classic of its kind"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"A for effort; C for execution."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"Old-fashioned sudser."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"An engrossing, if occasionally ludicrous, hit tearjerker with Pollack, Streisand, and Redford doing a good job of bringing Arthur Laurents' script to the screen."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Ultra glossy soaper that's frankly irresistible."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Comes off as about as believable as a love affair between myself and a potted plant."
‑ Christopher Null,
"With the script glossing whole areas of confrontation (from the communist '30s to the McCarthy witch-hunts), it often passes into the haze of a nostalgic fashion parade."
‑ , Time Out
"In Pollack's schmaltzy romantic melodrama, real politics is in the background (of course), but the movie is enjoyable as a star vehicle for its handsome stars, Redford and Streisand in their only film together, not to mention Hamlisch's melodic tone."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Sentimental but not overly smaltzy"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Syrupy and over-rated."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"Some movies just don't stand the test of time."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
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