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Universal acclaim- based on 13 Ratings

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  • Summary: A film about the innocence and unconditional love that grows between a young boy and his grandmother. (Paramount Classics)
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
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  1. It's an uncluttered, resonant gem that relays its universal points without lectures or confrontations.
  2. Charming is such an overused, film critic-y designation, but The Way Home is that, and more.
  3. Simple without being slight, and profoundly moving without dipping into mawkishness.
  4. Has inherent sentimental appeal, but Lee balances it with considerable humor and an unblinking eye toward the realities of a primitive way of life.
  5. 63
    The film has good actors and enough quirky moments to keep it interesting.
  6. 60
    A conventional if appealing tear-jerker, The Way Home would like to grandmother us all.
  7. 40
    It's telling that this slice of milquetoast is the first to get picked up by a major studio boutique. Put in the most euphemistic terms possible, the film's banal premise contains "universal themes," meaning that its sentimental clichés translate readily to all continents and cultures.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3