Critic Reviews

67

Metascore

Based on 10 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
88
Not so much a slice of life as the whole pie, the highs and lows of twilight living, all found and filmed in a terminal at an airport in Maine. What a country.
80
Manages to put a new spin on things while being touching, honest, and thought-provoking at the same time.
75
Boston Globe
Watching them issue hugs produces an involuntary response. You want to hug them, too.
70
The New York Times
Unfailingly modest and profoundly humane, The Way We Get By profiles three people over 70 whose lives have been changed by a simple act of service.
70
Variety
Although the trio's work as "troop greeters" is the film's ostensible subject, their renewed and somewhat tenuous sense of purpose gives the doc its bite.
70
The Hollywood Reporter
Becomes a bracing portrait of three fascinating individuals who use this work as a means to keep living.
67
Neither pro- nor anti-war; it's a somber study of perpetually unsettled lives.
63
Although it has affecting moments, the film can't quite decide whether it's about aging or about the effects of war on the home front.
60
Though Aron Gaudet's documentary never quite captures the relieved atmosphere of these homecomings, it does acknowledge the dark side of a cheery platitude: those on both sides of the divide are in need of healing.
50
It's the stuff of a fine short on what any "Bowling Alone" reader knows is the last generation of civic-minded civilians, but Gaudet has a hard time extending his material to feature length.

More Critic Reviews

See all external reviews for The Way We Get By (2009) »

See also

Awards | FAQ | User Reviews | User Ratings | External Reviews | Message Board