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Backwards (2012)

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Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 8

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Abigail Brooks (Thomas) has spent her lifetime trying to win an Olympic rowing medal, sacrificing friendship, love, and a "normal life" along the way. When she is named an alternate on the Olympic team she quits in haste. Defeated, Abi moves back home with her widowed, workaholic mother (Margaret Colin). Tension builds as Abi's mother urges her to "move on" from the rowing life that Abi's father, a coach, introduced her to. Unable to do so, but needing an immediate job, Abi seizes an open crew

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Drama, Romance, Sports & Fitness

Dec 11, 2012

$61.5k

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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (13)

Passably pleasant but thoroughly predictable.

October 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety
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A movie whose main virtue was its honesty ultimately lands in a place that feels canned and unsatisfying. But on the way there, Backwards isn't so bad.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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The biggest problem ... is the characters who populate the film. For the most part, they're one-dimensional caricatures.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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The neatness of the plotting becomes almost comical after a while. Construction is one thing; contrivance is another.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Although this modest indie may not make a huge splash, it just might inspire some hearty younger viewers - especially women - to grab a set of oars and find their bliss.

September 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Hickernell soft-pedals the material into a blandly feel-good dramedy.

September 21, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Backwards" is obvious at times, but what makes it stand out are the details that Thomas imbues in her character.

October 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Corny and predictable, sure, but Backwards will appeal to a few junior oarswomen around Seattle.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Seattle Weekly | Comment (1)
Seattle Weekly

Even James Van Der Beek, so natural as a high school athletic director that you can't help but wonder if he's actually spent time in that job, can't save this film from drowning.

September 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Drama is bland but teaches girls about competitive rowing.

September 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Likable in spurts but too safe by a long stroke, "Backwards" would be right at home as a cable movie airing on ABC Family.

September 20, 2012 Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com
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It's an uncomplicated single-character study whose main purpose is as a housing for its lead performance.

September 20, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Streamlines its busy set of plots into a 90-minute sprint, throughout which characters often confront and overcome their obstacles within the same scene.

September 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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