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Backwards Reviews

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Molly Eichel
Philadelphia Daily News

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

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News

October 11, 2012
Brian Miller
Seattle Weekly

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

Full Review Source: Seattle Weekly

October 10, 2012
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 28, 2012
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

September 21, 2012
Sam Adams
AV Club
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It's an uncomplicated single-character study whose main purpose is as a housing for its lead performance.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

September 20, 2012
Stephen Schaefer
Boston Herald

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

January 22, 2013
Joe Leydon
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Passably pleasant but thoroughly predictable.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 19, 2012
Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
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The biggest problem ... is the characters who populate the film. For the most part, they're one-dimensional caricatures.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 28, 2012
Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
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The neatness of the plotting becomes almost comical after a while. Construction is one thing; contrivance is another.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 27, 2012
Jake Mulligan
Boston Phoenix

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 Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 26, 2012
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media

Drama is bland but teaches girls about competitive rowing.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

September 21, 2012
Sara Stewart
New York Post
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Hickernell soft-pedals the material into a blandly feel-good dramedy.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

September 21, 2012
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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It's a pleasant, but not especially dramatic, story about giving up your dream and hatching a new one.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2/4

September 20, 2012
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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Pairing a dull romance with an even duller sport (at least as represented here), this cliché-ridden vanity project is more suited to the ABC Family channel than to the inside of a movie theater.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

September 20, 2012
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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[A] painfully clichéd inspirational sports drama ...

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

September 20, 2012
Dustin Putman

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 Source: | Original Score: 2/4

September 20, 2012
Michael Nordine
Village Voice
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Subplots are introduced only to be resolved within minutes, characters jettisoned at a moment's notice.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 19, 2012
Tomas Hachard
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

September 17, 2012

San Francisco Chronicle
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