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Backwards (2012)


Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 18
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 13

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 8

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 426


Movie Info

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 … More

PG (for some mild language)
Drama , Romance , Sports & Fitness
Directed By:
In Theaters:
Dec 11, 2012
Box Office:
Dada Films - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for Backwards

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (13)

Passably pleasant but thoroughly predictable.

Full Review… | October 19, 2012
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 28, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

The biggest problem ... is the characters who populate the film. For the most part, they're one-dimensional caricatures.

Full Review… | September 28, 2012
Washington Post
Top Critic

The neatness of the plotting becomes almost comical after a while. Construction is one thing; contrivance is another.

Full Review… | September 27, 2012
Boston Globe
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 21, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Hickernell soft-pedals the material into a blandly feel-good dramedy.

Full Review… | September 21, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

Backwards" is obvious at times, but what makes it stand out are the details that Thomas imbues in her character.

Full Review… | October 11, 2012
Philadelphia Daily News

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

Full Review… | October 10, 2012
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.

Full Review… | September 26, 2012
Boston Phoenix

Drama is bland but teaches girls about competitive rowing.

Full Review… | September 21, 2012
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.

Full Review… | September 20, 2012

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

Full Review… | September 17, 2012
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Backwards

Nice enough movie. Nothing too exciting...

Cynthia S.

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