Estevez takes full advantage of the beautiful mountain scenery, dramatic skies and ancient architecture to give us moments of quiet wonder.
Bruce Demara, Toronto Star, 2011-11-04
Heartfelt if occasionally plodding.
Tom Long, Detroit News, 2011-10-21
It could have come out sentimental, but doesn't. The secret is the matter-of-factness.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2011-10-14
"The Way" is overly earnest and clumsily directed by Emilio Estevez (the non-prodigal son of Sheen). Yet it is nonetheless effective in evoking empathy and introspection.
Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic, 2011-10-13
"The Way" is one of the better films of the year.
Richard Roeper, Richard Roeper.com, 2011-10-12
There is nothing terribly spiritual about the journey for any of these people, and yet the sheer arduousness of the trek, the beauty of the countryside, and the personal revelations that ensue all combine to create a transcendent haze.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor, 2011-10-07
"The Way" might have been a bit more eventful. Still, it's good company.
Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2011-10-07
A sensuous, expansive hymn to travel and transformation in a movie that honors earthly pleasures as readily as it contemplates higher things.
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 2011-10-07
There's nothing startlingly original about Estevez's screenplay, yet it has a modesty you seldom see when Hollywood tackles spiritual subjects.
Lou Lumenick, New York Post, 2011-10-07
Estevez does embrace the spiritual and religious elements of his movie. But he's as interested in the journey as the destination.
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News, 2011-10-07
Open yourself up to this thoughtful, moving personal adventure and you're in for a uniquely memorable experience.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, 2011-10-06
Mr. Estevez is both writer and director of this film, and also turns up in a small role, but he gives the spotlight to his father, who makes quite a lot out of a low-key story that could easily have degenerated into mush.
Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, 2011-10-06
A heartfelt project, scrappy and engaging, The Way has its way with audiences despite, not because of, its sentimental excess.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2011-10-06
For all his awkwardness Estevez is undeniably sincere, regarding both people and nature with disarming good will and maintaining a steady, soothing pace that allows the life lessons to resonate.
Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, 2011-10-06
In many ways a cut-and-dried, by-the-numbers road picture, The Way puts Sheen on the Camino for a life-changing journey, but over the course of the trip, the film changes as much as he does.
Tasha Robinson, AV Club, 2011-10-06
Okay, since the destination is preordained, what does the script do en route? Estevez's answer is two-fold: minor episodic adventures + incessantly repeated montages.
Rick Groen, Globe and Mail, 2011-11-04
With "The Way," writer-director Emilio Estevez has made a respectable failure.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, 2011-10-20
The father-son dynamic is played just right, Tom's sightings of his deceased son arriving at key moments. If only that resonance carried into the rest of the story's episodic progression.
Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, 2011-10-06
The dialogue in "The Way'' is sincerely platitudinous, and Estevez has less of an idea about where to put the camera than when he started two decades ago. He is - how to put this? - not a good director.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe, 2011-10-06
Charlie Sheen, Estevez's brother, is nowhere in sight, though there are times the film could use a shot of tiger blood.
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 2011-10-06