Backwards Reviews

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San Francisco Chronicle
January 22, 2013
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Joe Leydon
Variety
October 19, 2012
Passably pleasant but thoroughly predictable.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
September 28, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
September 28, 2012
The biggest problem ... is the characters who populate the film. For the most part, they're one-dimensional caricatures.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
September 27, 2012
The neatness of the plotting becomes almost comical after a while. Construction is one thing; contrivance is another.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
September 21, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
September 21, 2012
Hickernell soft-pedals the material into a blandly feel-good dramedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 20, 2012
It's a pleasant, but not especially dramatic, story about giving up your dream and hatching a new one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
September 20, 2012
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 | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
September 20, 2012
[A] painfully clichéd inspirational sports drama ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Sam Adams
AV Club
September 20, 2012
It's an uncomplicated single-character study whose main purpose is as a housing for its lead performance.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Michael Nordine
Village Voice
September 19, 2012
Subplots are introduced only to be resolved within minutes, characters jettisoned at a moment's notice.