The Way Back

1 h 48 min2020X-RayR
Former high school basketball phenom, now struggling from a loss, is asked to coach today's mediocre team and sparks them on a winning streak. But is it enough for redemption?
Gavin O'Connor
Ben AffleckAl MadrigalJanina Gavankar
English [CC]
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EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]
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Supporting actors
Michaela WatkinsBrandon WilsonWill RoppCharles Lott Jr.Melvin GreggGlynn Turman
Gordon GrayJennifer ToddGavin O'ConnorRavi D. Mehta
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4.3 out of 5 stars

26868 global ratings

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arlene pitchfordReviewed in the United States on September 18, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
great recovery movie
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Great movie for a 3hr SA group
Chris WilliamsReviewed in the United States on April 1, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
The Finest Performance Of Ben Affleck's Career In A Very Solid Film
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I would give The Way Back 4 and a half stars if the option was available. There is no doubt that this is a formulaic film that tells a familiar story. But I have always maintained that treading on common ground is not a problem if the writing, acting, and directing are done well. And in TWB, all three are done very well. First, this is the type of film that Gavin O'Connor excels at making. I think Warrior was one of the best films of 2011, and I would rate it just above TWB. Which means I think that TWB is still a very fine film. The acting is exceptional, especially from Ben Affleck. I believe that this is the best performance of his career, and I know that personal experience in trial and tribulation helped foster that performance. I think Affleck has always been a good actor, but his strengths remain in the things he does behind the camera (i.e. his writing, and directing). But with this film, he has excelled. I don't know if he overacheived here, and to be honest, I don't really care. I would have no issues whatsoever if he is remembered come Oscar season with his first ever nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Finally I think the writing was pretty solid. Again, this is not a story that is unique. The basic plot structure for TWB has been the framing for countless movies. However, when a film maker is going to tell an old, old story, then the dialogue and the characters have to be strong. And they are here. I thoroughly enjoyed TWB, and I do believe that this is a film that can touch your heart. You just have to let yourself like it.
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stephen morrisReviewed in the United States on August 4, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
works great
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love it
Movies Are CinemaReviewed in the United States on March 23, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Terrific Film Based On True Story. Ben Affleck Is Great Herein!
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Very good film and Ben Affleck aces his role. Based on a true story, this film sucks you in and you will enjoy the ride all the way through. For me, just missed 5 stars.
Desert DwellerReviewed in the United States on March 31, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great Effort by Affleck
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Really enjoyed this portrait of a man beleaguered by the memory of his 9 yr. old son who died of a brain tumor. After surviving the destruction of his marriage, he is still methodically drowning in alcohol to assuage his anger and pain at the losses. As someone functionally depressed, he is making it through his life day to day somewhat with strong support from multiple cans of beer and hard liquor. Then he gets THE CALL that pricks him with the thing he loved as a kid and could possibly love again - basketball. As he takes on the challenge of coaching a losing team he begins to exchange some of the anger piled up in his heart. for the positivity of sport. However. the inevitable crash and burn arrives and he ends up in rehab, finally beginning to confront his pain. The ending was surprisingly short and seemed somewhat incomplete; but the renewal wasn't the story, it was the relentless ordeal of the daily pain that was the sum of the protagonist's life, his desire to prolong the meaningless marathon and his unfortunate ability to sustain the continual death by alcohol that was the focus. Definitely a deep look into a practical guy's inner sanctum and his insensitivity to his own torment.
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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on November 14, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
good performance
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I liked the realism associated with the way back. This movie had a powerful message about behavior, consequences and boundaries.

it took us on a painful journey of self realization and understanding of how the old way wasn't working and never will.
Sarah O. WhiteReviewed in the United States on April 8, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent Movie!
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I read a lot of comments talking about the quality and interruptions of the movie playing. I had no such experience. Mines played fine!

About the movie... It was good to see Ben put himself out there. I know this movie was close to home and I am sure he drew from his own experiences with alcohol, drug abuse and infidelity in his own life. It is those struggles that will bring us closer to God, or further away. We can not battle our demons alone! I am glad they put a twist on the ending and not make it a "typical rags to riches story" or "underdogs win it all". I wont give away the ending, but glad they switched it up! Because in life we don't always win, but if we are blessed, we get to see the light! :)

Excellent movie! Ben we are praying for you to find your way back and overcome your demons!
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Shuywanna FReviewed in the United States on June 17, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
BEN AFFLECK you are a beautiful surprise in this
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What I liked most in this is that it wasn't a cutesy, feel good movie. It dealt with the grit and grime of life. Life is a culmination of time wrapped around situations and circumstances. Some good, some extremely bad and some that are just GREAT. As human beings we find our strength along the way most times, if we are honest in the least likely expected places. Ben Affleck was raw and real as he depicted a broken man struggling to get through a horrible pain in his life. His alcoholism is so real to me because sometimes the pain is so great that you just want to numb it. If you are looking for something to get you through a rough day, pop some popcorn this is a GEM. You will be able to relate or at least empathize and smile at the end.
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