The Way Back

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Jack Cunningham (Ben Affleck) once had a life filled with promise. In high school, he was a basketball phenom with a full university scholarship, when suddenly, for reasons unknown, he walked away from the game, forfeiting his future. Now years later, Jack is spiraling down, triggered by an unspeakable loss, and drowning in the alcoholism that cost him his marriage and any hope for a better life. When he is asked to coach the basketball team at his alma mater, which has fallen far since his glory days, he reluctantly accepts, surprising no one more than himself. As the boys start to come together as a team and win, Jack may have finally found a reason to confront the demons that have derailed him. But will it be enough to fill the void, heal the deep wounds of his past, and set him on the road to redemption?


  • Ben Affleck
  • Al Madrigal
  • Janina Gavankar
  • Jeremy Radin
  • Brandon Wilson
  • Melvin Gregg
  • Michaela Watkins
  • Will Ropp
  • T.K. Carter
  • Glynn Turman

Atom User Reviews

Verified Review

Did not like the ending...

Amanda B
Verified Review

We enjoyed this movie, credit to Ben Affleck for taking on a role that must have hit close to home for him. Glad to see him doing better.

Bob F


Mar 4, 2020

Affleck gives the impression of intimate familiarity with the anguish and self-disgust that dominate Jack’s life; this character and project clearly meant something important to him, as the title bluntly suggests, and he gives it his all without overdoing the melodrama.

Metacritic review by Todd McCarthy
Todd McCarthy
The Hollywood Reporter
Mar 4, 2020

Often in sports, teams run the same plays over and over again, simply because they work. That’s true of The Way Back as well: We appreciate the expert skill, even if we know almost every move by heart.

Tim Grierson
Screen Daily
Mar 4, 2020

With The Way Back, O’Connor works so hard to avoid sports movie cliché that he pares the film down to something unsustainably lean. Without Affleck’s gravity, The Way Back would just drift away.

Richard Lawson
Vanity Fair