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Touchback Reviews

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Jeff Beck
We Got This Covered

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.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 6/10

January 16, 2013
Jeff Beck

[I]t's not a bad film. It just needed a little trimming and a little work on the ending.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 16, 2012
William Bibbiani

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.

Full Review Source: CraveOnline | Original Score: 5/10

September 7, 2012
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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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.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

April 19, 2012
Joe Leydon
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A lightweight and overlong feel-good drama that plays like a mashup of It's a Wonderful Life and Friday Night Lights.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 16, 2012
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media

Former jock gets second chance in uplifting (albeit cliched) sports drama.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

April 16, 2012
Todd Jorgenson

Ultimately it's too sentimental to have the desired emotional impact.

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April 13, 2012
William Goss
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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...

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April 13, 2012
Brian Orndorf

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.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B-

April 13, 2012
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

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).

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3/5

April 13, 2012
David Martindale
Dallas Morning News
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If George Bailey had been a high school football hero, It's a Wonderful Life might have been a little like Touchback.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B

April 12, 2012
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

A grossly manipulative sports movie that tries to plant Capracorn in a 'Field of Dreams.'

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C

April 12, 2012
Sam Adams
AV Club
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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.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

April 12, 2012
John Hazelton
Screen International
May 15, 2012
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