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The Way Back (2020)



Critic Consensus: The Way Back's occasionally frustrating treatment of a formulaic story is often outweighed by Ben Affleck's outstanding work in the central role.

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Back in high school, Jack Cunningham (Ben Affleck) had everything going for him. A basketball phenom, he could have punched his ticket to college or even the pros, but, instead, he chose to walk away from the game, forfeiting his future. Jack's glory days are long gone... but, as it turns out, not forgotten. Years later, he gets the chance to take back his life when he is asked to coach the struggling basketball team at his alma mater. Jack reluctantly accepts, surprising no one more than himself, and as the boys start to come together as a team and win, he may get his last shot at redemption.

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The beats are played with conviction. Eventually, Gavin O'Connor's film even rewards Affleck's commitment with a flicker of the unexpected.

July 15, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Ben Affleck gives his first truly transformative, vanity-free performance as an alcoholic high-school basketball coach in this otherwise familiar underdog sports yarn.

July 10, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Plays it too safe, but Affleck goes the extra mile.

July 8, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

I was yearning to find the way out.

July 8, 2020 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

It's a solid effort. There are guts here, just not quite enough glory.

March 11, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The force of Ben Affleck's perpetually anguished glower suggests depths that this redemption-through-sports drama doesn't reach.

March 9, 2020 | Full Review…

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