The Way We Were
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"Gorgeous goyish guy" meets Jewish radical girl in Sydney Pollack's glossy romance. In 1937, frizzy-haired Red co-ed Katie Morosky (Barbra Streisand) briefly captures the attention of preppy jock Hubbell Gardiner (Robert Redford) with her passionate pacifism, while the writing talent beneath his privileged exterior entrances her. Almost eight years later, the two are reunited in New York, when well-coiffed leftist radio worker Katie spies military officer Hubbell snoozing in a nightclub. Through her force of will, and in spite of his smug rich friends, the two opposites fall 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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