Los Angeles Times - 12/29/2010
"THE WAY BACK demands to be seen on the largest possible screen, the better to experience the way it visualizes an essential motivating tension between the small-scale intimacy and drama of its characters and the vast enormity of its landscapes.
Wall Street Journal - 01/21/2011
"[T]here's cumulative power in the tale, part prison break and part survival epic....Russell Boyd did the spectacular cinematography."
New York Times - 01/20/2011
"Working with his frequent cinematographer, Russell Boyd, as well as a crack sound crew, Mr. Weir makes the most of his stunning natural set..."
USA Today - 01/21/2011
"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."
A.V. Club - 01/20/2011
"Weir gives the film an epic scope, framing his characters against giant, imposing vistas that highlight how inconsequential they appear against the vastness of nature."
Film Comment - 01/01/2011
"Peter Weir makes a partial return to form with THE WAY BACK. Like some of his best films, it features characters ensnared in the brutalities of politics and war..."
Sight and Sound - 02/01/2011
"There are some meticulous performances among the weary plodders...Jim Sturgess embodies monomaniacal focus as the group's leader Janusz..."
Rolling Stone - 02/03/2011 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "It's the journey that counts, and Weir makes you feel it in your bones....[A]n artful tale of survival against the elements..."
Entertainment Weekly - 01/28/2011
"The scenes of brute survival -- hunting for food, improvising shelter, making wind-and-snow masks out of sheets of bark -- are vivid." -- Grade: B
A small band of multicultural convicts stages a daring escape from a World War II-era Siberian gulag, and embarks on a treacherous journey across five countries in a desperate race for freedom and survival. Adapted from author Slavomir Rawicz's gripping memoir THE LONG WALK: THE TRUE STORY OF A TREK TO FREEDOM, writer/director Peter Weir's sweeping POW drama stars Jim Sturgess, Colin Farrell, Ed Harris, and Saoirse Ronan.