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Touching Home (2008)

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Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 5

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Oscar nominees Ed Harris and Robert Forster star in self-taught identical twin filmmakers Logan and Noah Miller's autobiographical family drama about a pair of twin brothers who return to their small town after failing to find success as major league baseball players. Their dreams of becoming professional athletes dashed, the brothers attempt to rethink their lives while reconciling their love for their homeless father (Harris). Deeply shamed by their derelict dad's chronic shameful behavior,

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Oct 1, 2010

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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (7)

Handsome but standard-issue heartland fare.

December 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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The offscreen story of these unknowns getting their autobiographical drama to the screen proves more interesting and inspiring than the polished, earnest, rather routine movie itself.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Variety
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Without making a fuss about it, Touching Home looks squarely at working-class people for whom professional sports are not just a fantasy, they are also a way out of a dead-end existence.

May 14, 2010
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While the Millers have a physical presence, they're hardly actors. In fact, it's often difficult to tell them apart, although one of them is missing a tooth and takes off his shirt a lot.

May 14, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Although convincing as athletes, neither Miller belongs on a movie screen; personal parable or not, this feels like a too-familiar trip around the bases.

May 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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The story behind Touching Home is more inspiring than the film itself, but don't let that deter you. It's the kind of can-do miracle that reminds us all that anything can happen and everything is possible.

May 12, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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Touching Home is stronger when it focuses on the small-town life than when it steps on the ball diamond. The decent cast elevates it to a tolerable level.

November 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Views

A heartfelt albeit slightly contrived drama that boasts a brave, emotionally resonant performance by Ed Harris as well as inspirational messages about the important virtues of courage, love, hope, passion and family.

May 15, 2010 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
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On the sweet side of bittersweet, but will not rot your teeth.

May 11, 2010 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Touching Home strenuously aspires to the same sort of greatness that has alluded many a film before it, like the heavy-handed, Gone with the Wind-grubbing Raintree Country.

May 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

The story behind brothers Logan and Noah Miller getting their movie made is almost better than what's on screen but the film is heartfelt and engaging enough to be worthy of attention.

April 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

This thing is marketed six ways to Sunday, designed and directed for every occasion. The finished movie is almost beside the point.

April 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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Audience Reviews for Touching Home

Nice, slow moving, touching biodrama. Ed Harris is wonderful, as usual. Obviously not the biggest budget, but very often this makes for a more hearfelt film. I would put this one in that category. Really well done with alot of heart...
November 30, 2011
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