Ian Hobbs’s review published on Letterboxd:
I think a big part of why I think the film works so well is how well it reflects on Ben Affleck’s personal life outside of the film. The Way Back is a story about a suffering alcoholic who starts coaching his former high schools basketball team and it’s another kind of he helps them, they help him story, but I like how O’Connor didn’t go the typical route with it all and it actually made for quite the good film. I will say that at points it felt kind of predictable and typical, but what held it together was how personal and through Affleck went with the role and it shows. Definitely one of his stronger roles in the past few years and watching interviews with him it really seems like this really brought him back to doing acting as something he loves and that’s definitely what makes Gavin O’Connor’s The Way Back worth seeing.