Backwards Reviews

January 22, 2013
October 19, 2012
Passably pleasant but thoroughly predictable.
October 11, 2012
Backwards" is obvious at times, but what makes it stand out are the details that Thomas imbues in her character.
October 10, 2012
Corny and predictable, sure, but Backwards will appeal to a few junior oarswomen around Seattle.
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.
September 28, 2012
The biggest problem ... is the characters who populate the film. For the most part, they're one-dimensional caricatures.
September 27, 2012
The neatness of the plotting becomes almost comical after a while. Construction is one thing; contrivance is another.
September 26, 2012
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.
September 21, 2012
Drama is bland but teaches girls about competitive rowing.
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.
September 21, 2012
Hickernell soft-pedals the material into a blandly feel-good dramedy.
September 20, 2012
It's a pleasant, but not especially dramatic, story about giving up your dream and hatching a new one.
September 20, 2012
Pairing a dull romance with an even duller sport (at least as represented here), this clich-ridden vanity project is more suited to the ABC Family channel than to the inside of a movie theater.
September 20, 2012
[A] painfully clichd inspirational sports drama ...
September 20, 2012
Likable in spurts but too safe by a long stroke, "Backwards" would be right at home as a cable movie airing on ABC Family.
Top Critic
September 20, 2012
It's an uncomplicated single-character study whose main purpose is as a housing for its lead performance.
September 19, 2012
Subplots are introduced only to be resolved within minutes, characters jettisoned at a moment's notice.
September 17, 2012
Streamlines its busy set of plots into a 90-minute sprint, throughout which characters often confront and overcome their obstacles within the same scene.