Touchback is a sweet family film that ultimately lacks enough insight into the main character's thought process as he struggles to make a decision that could change his life.
| Original Score: 6/10
[I]t's not a bad film. It just needed a little trimming and a little work on the ending.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Touchback isn't a bad movie, aside from the makeup effects that look like someone just shoved a pillow down Bryan Presley's shirt. It's just an unconvincing one.
| Original Score: 5/10
Earnestness and obviousness compete for supremacy early on in Don Handfield's film, with the latter fully in front; happily, earnestness stages a comeback by the end.
| Original Score: 3/5
A lightweight and overlong feel-good drama that plays like a mashup of It's a Wonderful Life and Friday Night Lights.
Former jock gets second chance in uplifting (albeit cliched) sports drama.
Ultimately it's too sentimental to have the desired emotional impact.
Are any of them alone reason enough to sit through two hours of warmed-over life lessons? Not particularly, but it should be said that the cast and crew have made a fair stride towards redeeming earnest low-budget filmmaking of this ilk...
It's flawed but amiable, leading with its heart to tell a simple tale of refreshed consciousness, blended with a little touch of fantasy to give the material a comforting lift.
| Original Score: B-
Touchback may accurately be called cornball hokum by some, but it's nevertheless a well-made film filled with heart and soul (and Snake Plissken).
If George Bailey had been a high school football hero, It's a Wonderful Life might have been a little like Touchback.
| Original Score: B
A grossly manipulative sports movie that tries to plant Capracorn in a 'Field of Dreams.'
| Original Score: C
Touchback takes a handoff from Peggy Sue Got Married and It's A Wonderful Life and runs it up the middle for a modest gain.
| Original Score: C+