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Backwards Reviews

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September 13, 2015
This is for 'Backwards: The Riddle of Dyslexia.'
July 28, 2015
All in all, this is a film that had a good idea to make a sports movie about rowers, like Varsity Blues, but fails to translate that passion into the script or up to the screen.
May 31, 2015
Bad acting and poor writing make this movie plain old boring.
February 7, 2014
If you are a rower you'll really like this movie
½ January 24, 2014
An enjoyable film for the whole family.
Super Reviewer
August 31, 2013
Nice enough movie. Nothing too exciting...
½ August 30, 2013
Don't know how, but I got sucked in and loved it.
½ July 6, 2013
Just a simple feel good movie, predictable in some ways, but still enjoyable.
July 2, 2013
The story isn't to bad however, the rowing part of the story isn't very realistic.
May 12, 2013
Awful. Gives rowing a bad name. Pathetic and obvious attempt to turn the lead into a star. It failed miserably on this front as well.
April 25, 2013
This was a very sweet movie. Even Van der Beek did a decent job of not ruining the movie for me. The end was very sappy and just perfect.
October 27, 2012
We were not expecting high drama and we were well entertained. Michael had to put duct tape across his mouth to stop him coaching every stroke. HEY, it brought several new junior rowers to our Bermuda community rowing program so THANK YOU to all involved.
Were these actors who learned to scull or scullers who learned to act?
Nice to see an All American Rowing Camp cap at the Olympic medal ceremony :-)
A good film to lose yourself in for a while.
Now go find your local rowing club.
October 3, 2012
Fun film, great way to learn about an athletic subculture (women's crew) that most people don't know much about.
September 27, 2012
I would characterize it as a pleasant stimulus in a world of aversive stimuli.
September 25, 2012
AMAZING! beautifully filmed. Turns a ruthlessly competitive sport into a graceful dance of cinematographic brilliance.
September 23, 2012
Backwards is a charming, upbeat story with heart and substance. Whether you're a sports aficionado, a fan of romantic comedy or a devotee of James Van Der Beek, you'll find something to love. Plus, it is just so refreshing to see such a solid female cast - led by the talented Sarah Megan Thomas in her big screen debut.

Backwards is "Bend it Like Beckham" for rowing. It brings excitement and dramatic tension to the often unappreciated rigors of this sport. After watching the exquisitely filmed racing scenes I now have a much deeper appreciation of the passion and commitment rowing inspires for so many young athletes. Coming so soon after the Olympics, this film reminds us of the sacrifices behind athletic accomplishment and the rewards of true sportsmanship.

The sports theme is only one of several draws. Abi and Geoff (Thomas and Van Der Beek) have great charisma in the movie. The coaching scenes between Abi and "her girls" bring you back to high school and the relationships there formed. Some of the best scenes put in stark relief how competition can strain even the strongest of friendships - and how teamwork can overcome even major setbacks.

Do see this movie. You'll laugh and maybe you'll cry, but mostly you'll leave feeling just a little bit better about life.
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