The Way

The Way

The Way

Drama, written and directed by actor Emilio Estevez, about a group of people walking The Camino – a Christian pilgrimage route to Galicia, Spain. Stars Estevez's dad, Martin Sheen (The Departed).

Tom (Sheen) is an American doctor who trips to France following the death of his adult son (Estevez) who died during a storm while walking to the Cathedral of Santiage de Compostela in Spain – a pilgrimage known as The Camino or The Way of St. James. Travelling to retrieve the body, Tom decides to take the same route as his son to deal with his grief. On the way, he meets and travels with others from around the world.

2010Rating: PG, contains drug use and coarse language121 minsUSA, Spain
Drama
87%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Intimate, gentle

Love beautiful honeyed landscapes, sunsets, gentle, intimate movies? I know hubbie would hate this film which couldn't be further away from an action thriller, but for me it felt like I was the silent companion in the group doing this pilgrimage. Most of the film just happened and there was enough time to observe, collect and and feel just what was...

Really moving peice of work

Saw it with my dad who's 80 and as a parent of 2 boys this was an emotional family experience. Emilio and his dad obviously work well together so this would so be worth seeing again

5.0

Warm, rich, satisfying

This is a road movie with a difference - it covers the 800 kilometre pilgrims' walk from southern France through the Pyrenees to Santiago de Compastela (The Camino Walk). This is a great film with some interesting background things going on. It is a father/son story and the star of the movie (Martin Sheen) is the father in real life of the son in the...

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Represents exactly the type of chicken-soup project that inspires once-a-year ticketbuyers to leave their homes and seek out a good movie -- the sort without sex, drugs or swearing. Bring an Oprah-like endorsement onboard, and they've got it made.

Total Film

Total Film

press

Since when did walking become a spectator sport? Give Mr Sheen his due though – he invests a long journey with heart and sole.

3.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The beauty of the movie, in fact, is that Mr. Estevez does not make explicit what any of them find, beyond friendship. He lets these four fine actors convey that true personal transformations are not announced with fanfare, but happen internally.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Estevez keeps his touch light, with a minimum of pedantry. The Way is really a gift from this son to his father. Sheen, gradually revealing a man painfully getting reacquainted with long buried feelings, who gives the film its bruised heart.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

It's a sweet and sincere family pilgrimage, even if a little too long and obvious. Audiences seeking uplift will find it here.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

Estevez treats the drama with a straight-faced, utterly earnest approach with dual respect for the material and the audience's awareness of how it can go wrong. By playing it straight, The Way never goes off the deep end.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

An earnest film, its heart always in the right place, but it's severely under dramatized.

Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

There's a contemplative loveliness to The Way, an affecting personal project both for Emilio Estevez, who wrote, directed, and plays a small role, and for his father, Martin Sheen.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Gentle, likable and profoundly touching, it makes you want to dig out the hiking boots and make the same journey.

4.0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Essentially, The Way starts out as "Eat Pray Love" and takes a long, surprising trip toward becoming David Lynch's "The Straight Story." And that's a longer trip than a mere monthlong trek across Spain.

Variety

Variety

press

Represents exactly the type of chicken-soup project that inspires once-a-year ticketbuyers to leave their homes and seek out a good movie -- the sort without sex, drugs or swearing. Bring an Oprah-like endorsement onboard, and they've got it made.

Total Film

Total Film

press

Since when did walking become a spectator sport? Give Mr Sheen his due though – he invests a long journey with heart and sole.

3.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The beauty of the movie, in fact, is that Mr. Estevez does not make explicit what any of them find, beyond friendship. He lets these four fine actors convey that true personal transformations are not announced with fanfare, but happen internally.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Estevez keeps his touch light, with a minimum of pedantry. The Way is really a gift from this son to his father. Sheen, gradually revealing a man painfully getting reacquainted with long buried feelings, who gives the film its bruised heart.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

It's a sweet and sincere family pilgrimage, even if a little too long and obvious. Audiences seeking uplift will find it here.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

Estevez treats the drama with a straight-faced, utterly earnest approach with dual respect for the material and the audience's awareness of how it can go wrong. By playing it straight, The Way never goes off the deep end.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

An earnest film, its heart always in the right place, but it's severely under dramatized.

Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

There's a contemplative loveliness to The Way, an affecting personal project both for Emilio Estevez, who wrote, directed, and plays a small role, and for his father, Martin Sheen.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Gentle, likable and profoundly touching, it makes you want to dig out the hiking boots and make the same journey.

4.0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Essentially, The Way starts out as "Eat Pray Love" and takes a long, surprising trip toward becoming David Lynch's "The Straight Story." And that's a longer trip than a mere monthlong trek across Spain.

Intimate, gentle

Love beautiful honeyed landscapes, sunsets, gentle, intimate movies? I know hubbie would hate this film which couldn't be further away from an action thriller, but for me it felt like I was the silent companion in the group doing this pilgrimage. Most of the film just happened and there was enough time to observe, collect and and feel just what was...

Really moving peice of work

Saw it with my dad who's 80 and as a parent of 2 boys this was an emotional family experience. Emilio and his dad obviously work well together so this would so be worth seeing again

5.0

Warm, rich, satisfying

This is a road movie with a difference - it covers the 800 kilometre pilgrims' walk from southern France through the Pyrenees to Santiago de Compastela (The Camino Walk). This is a great film with some interesting background things going on. It is a father/son story and the star of the movie (Martin Sheen) is the father in real life of the son in the...

4.0