88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The director, 66, brings his passion for precision to every frame of the film, refusing to hype or Hollywoodize the detailed richness of the story.
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80

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
The man-versus-the-natural world story is in Weir's wheelhouse, and Harris and Farrell get into a scene-stealing duel. Worth the trek.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Stephen Farber
Beyond its visual splendors, however, the film achieves searing moral power.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Whether it is truth, fiction or, most likely, a little of each, the story Weir tells is a powerful parable of man's charge for freedom and his humbling by nature.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
As Russell Boyd's remarkable cinematography emphasizes the dwarfing grandeur of the surrounding topography, Weir shows how the corresponding smallness of individuals is compensated for by the grandeur of their aspiration.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
It's earnest and well-acted and sturdily filmed: We're in good hands and we know it.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
It's also filled with scenes of extraordinary survival challenges. But the result is oddly impersonal and undifferentiated.
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70

Movieline

Weir's artisan's sureness grants a bewitching calm - his trademark ambience - to this harrowing tale.
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63

USA Today

By 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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50

Wall Street Journal

By 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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66 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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