The Way
The Way (2011)

The Way is a powerful and inspirational story about family, friends, and the challenges we face while navigating this ever changing and complicated world. Martin Sheen plays Tom, an irascible American doctor who comes to St. Jean Pied de… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: October 7, 2011
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It may be a little too deliberately paced for more impatient viewers, but The Way is a worthy effort from writer/director Emilio Estevez, balancing heartfelt emotion with clear-eyed drama that resists cheap sentiment.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Okay, since the destination is preordained, what does the script do en route? Estevez's answer is two-fold: minor episodic adventures + incessantly repeated montages.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

With "The Way," writer-director Emilio Estevez has made a respectable failure.

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Yasmin Shehab

The description makes it sound kind of sappy and it is, but it's also sweet, genuine and quite touching.

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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star

Estevez takes full advantage of the beautiful mountain scenery, dramatic skies and ancient architecture to give us moments of quiet wonder.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

It could have come out sentimental, but doesn't. The secret is the matter-of-factness.

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Mark Jackson
Epoch Times

Emilio Estevez and father Martin Sheen may have made this heartwarming pilgrimage movie with troubled brother/son Charlie in mind-in hopes that he'd see the need for a thorough soul-cleansing.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Heartfelt if occasionally plodding.

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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic

"The Way" is overly earnest and clumsily directed by Emilio Estevez (the non-prodigal son of Sheen). Yet it is nonetheless effective in evoking empathy and introspection.

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Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

Emilio Estevez directs a road-trip movie with a different twist: The characters are all walking. 'The Way' refers to the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, a Catholic pilgrim's journey that reaches 550 miles across France and northern Spain.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Al S
It's nothing short of sensational. A deeply intimate, vastly original and personal piece of work that's spiritual and breathtaking. A truly heartfelt,… More
Cynthia S.
Very nicely done. Well made. Enjoyable. Heartwarming film....This film has a nice, easy, slow pace. No fireworks. Just lovely. Inspired me to do this… More
Chris Weber
Written and directed, and briefly featuring an appearance by Emilio Estevez, this is a moving and heartwarming indie drama (with a fair amount of levity) about… More
Manu Gino
Life is too big to walk it alone. Excellent Film! The Way is human, emotive, emotional, and sincere, and for this viewer a good journey. Martin Sheen is a… More
Matthew Slaven
A father sets out to mourn and honor his dead son, attempting to make peace with their troubled relationship by walking in his footsteps. The writing… More
Cast: Martin Sheen, Deborah Kara Unger, James Nesbitt, Yorick van Wageningen, Emilio Estevez, Spencer Garrett, Antonio Gil-Martinez, Carlos Leal, Simón Andreu,… More