Forever Strong Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 24, 2008
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 | Original Score: 1/5
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
September 21, 2008
Adhering to the belief that action scenes are more thrilling when you can't tell what the hell is going on, the director gives us just the "highlights."
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
September 22, 2008
Contrived corniness abounds.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Adam Markovitz
Entertainment Weekly
September 24, 2008
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 | Original Score: C+
Brian Orndorf
DVDTalk.com
June 10, 2009
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 | Original Score: D
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
September 24, 2008
Though director Ryan Little puts together a clean, professional package, at bottom this is a nearly-two-hour scrum of therapeutic direct encounters.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
September 26, 2008
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 | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
September 24, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2/6
Steve Simels
Boxoffice Magazine
September 26, 2008
Gives the word "forgettable" a bad name.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
September 26, 2008
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 | Original Score: C-
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
September 26, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Leydon
Variety
September 29, 2008
This earnest indie production comes across like formulaic fiction while taking cues (and recycling cliches) from the 'inspirational sports drama' playbook.
James Verniere
Boston Herald
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Boston Globe
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
April 18, 2009
The father-son relationship that bolts this rugby film together provides the textured backdrop for a sports film that engages
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
September 27, 2008
The very Tom Cruise-like Sean Faris makes this respectable portrayal noteworthy considering the gritty sport's irrelevancy to most Americans.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
June 17, 2009
Uplifting jock drama is predictable but OK for older tweens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Ordoña
Los Angeles Times
September 26, 2008
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.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
September 25, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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New York Times
October 18, 2008
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