Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Pete Hammond
    Jan 19, 2011
    90
    A grueling, stunningly photographed story.
  2. Reviewed by: Dan Kois
    Jan 22, 2011
    88
    The Way Back diligently catalogs the outrages through which extreme cold, hunger and thirst put the body, and Weir's camera finds the terrible beauty in his actors' chapped lips, windburned cheeks and tenderized feet.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Jan 20, 2011
    88
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Jan 20, 2011
    83
    This is old-school monumental filmmaking, without CGI tricks or many soundstage comforts for a dedicated cast. David Lean would probably approve.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 76 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Jul 8, 2011
    10
    What would you do to survive? Would you become an animal that will do anything to survive or would there still be some humanity left in you?What would you do to survive? Would you become an animal that will do anything to survive or would there still be some humanity left in you? Would you rely on good will of other people or would you just look after yourself? Would you be ruthless, merciless, without any sympathy to other beings or would you show mercy, offer shelter, give food even if you know that it will lead to your death? This is a film that brings out these questions and let's you answer them for yourself. A gripping film with good acting and in my opinion one of better film that have came out this year. Full Review »
  2. Dec 23, 2011
    7
    It features incredible performances from Colin Farrel, Saoirse Ronan and Jim Sturgess. And it is backed up by a mighty storyline even thoughIt features incredible performances from Colin Farrel, Saoirse Ronan and Jim Sturgess. And it is backed up by a mighty storyline even though the way it is told is a bit boring. I give this movie 66%. Full Review »
  3. Jan 23, 2011
    8
    Movie was pretty entertaining and involving. There is no proof of the story being a fact and true history. Peter Weir has done a great job inMovie was pretty entertaining and involving. There is no proof of the story being a fact and true history. Peter Weir has done a great job in this regard. Full Review »