• PG-13, 1 hr. 49 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Ryan Little
    In Theaters:
    Sep 26, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 9, 2009
  • Crane Movie Company

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Forever Strong Reviews

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Uplifting jock drama is predictable but OK for older tweens.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

June 17, 2009
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

The father-son relationship that bolts this rugby film together provides the textured backdrop for a sports film that engages

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

April 18, 2009
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

The very Tom Cruise-like Sean Faris makes this respectable portrayal noteworthy considering the gritty sport's irrelevancy to most Americans.

Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: B

September 27, 2008
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

[Director Ryan] Little and cinematographer T.C. Christensen make you feel the heat in every scrum.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

September 26, 2008
Michael Ordoña
Los Angeles Times
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The movie is well shot and edited, the rugby scenes are enjoyable (if likely puzzling to the uninitiated) and Strong's earnestness excuses at least some of its predictability.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

September 26, 2008
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

While it does boast some of the expected tropes and formulas of cinematic sports dramas, it's a competent, entertaining and involving movie that features a decent message about self-discipline and redemption.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 3/4

September 25, 2008
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

November 24, 2011
Brian Orndorf
DVDTalk.com

Created under the vague guise of "inspirational cinema," Strong is a sloppy, soggy pile of clichés, unable to sort itself out, grow a pair of cinematic cojones, and actually try to subvert some of its rancid formula.

Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com | Original Score: D

June 10, 2009
James Verniere
Boston Herald

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: C+

October 18, 2008

Boston Globe
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Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

October 18, 2008
Joe Leydon
Variety
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This earnest indie production comes across like formulaic fiction while taking cues (and recycling cliches) from the 'inspirational sports drama' playbook.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 29, 2008
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

There's something disheartening about seeing real-life stories and their inevitable complexities put through the Hollywood sausage machine and transformed into bland parables.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 26, 2008
Noel Murray
AV Club
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It's definitely possible to make artful message movies -- just consider the filmography of ex-Mormon iconoclast Richard Dutcher -- but Forever Strong is generic faith-and-redemption fare, devoid of nuance.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C-

September 26, 2008
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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As directed by Ryan Little and written by David Pliler, Forever Strong dredges up every sports movie cliché and stereotype ever invented. (Cue the slow-mo in the rain.)

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 0.5/4

September 26, 2008
Steve Simels
Boxoffice Magazine

Gives the word "forgettable" a bad name.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

September 26, 2008
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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The whole package here is warmed-over mush from a hundred other sports movies, a tale padded out with game footage, training sequences, absurd coincidences, life lessons that teach nothing and wasted casting.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 1/5

September 24, 2008
Adam Markovitz
Entertainment Weekly
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Shares the secret sin of many a pigskin pic: Despite all the macho posturing, the corny story is just as sappy as anything on Lifetime.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

September 24, 2008
Stephen Garrett
Time Out New York
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American rugby is the setting for this earnest sausage party of macho posturing, bro-dacious life lessons and value-focused sportsmanship that give wayward teens the strength to rise above sinful temptations.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/6

September 24, 2008
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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Though director Ryan Little puts together a clean, professional package, at bottom this is a nearly-two-hour scrum of therapeutic direct encounters.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 24, 2008
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Contrived corniness abounds.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: C-

September 22, 2008

New York Times
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October 18, 2008
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