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The Way Back (2020)

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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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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…

Affleck is a superstar who carries darkness and sadness in his shoulders and in his eyes - his Batman was particularly joyless - which makes "The Way Back" an ideal role for him.

March 7, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Surprisingly solid and not at all mawkish or maudlin as it might look from the outset. This is probably the best work of Ben Affleck's career.

March 6, 2020 | Full Review…

Despite those momentum-stalling and unnecessary detours, the irresistibly cheer-worthy basketball sequences and Affleck's resonant and authentic performance are more than enough to carry the day.

March 6, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Despite narrative issues, the film is overall affecting and effective with Ben Affleck's powerful performance being a driving force.

March 6, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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