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Two brothers live under the stress of an abusive father and their only escape is their passion for sports and a newfound friend group. They learn to rely on each other and their friends to get the feeling of belonging and companionship they need to get through troubling times.


Keidrich Sellati
as Young Anthony
Maxwell Apple
as Young John
James DiGiacomo
as Young Dom
Tanner Flood
as Young Brian
Colin Critchley
as Young Sal
Harrison Wittmeyer
as Young Billy

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All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (4)

  • Rockaway is a survivor's film, and it's seemingly warped by the agony of the experiences that Budion is trying to relate.

    Jan 11, 2019 | Full Review…
  • [Rockaway] relies on blunt sentimentality and awkwardly, expressly warps its own story inspired by true events to be adoption-ready for Stand By Me fans.

    Jan 11, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • This mix of "Good Boys" and "Stand By Me" touches all the right emotions with two brothers struggling to survive the summer of 94. Writer/director John J Budion is on the right track with his career.

    Sep 11, 2019 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…
  • This solid indie film is more than just another coming-of-age story: It's based on the real-life boyhood of a child who survived a violent father with a protective brother and supportive friends.

    Jul 22, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • There are minor quibbles that Rockaway takes on, and a large part successfully addresses some very serious, very adult themes: abuse and its legacy for future generations, familial protection, and preservation, loss and redemption.

    Jan 18, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…
  • Often contrived and clunky while falling emotionally flat with a dull screenplay and mediocre performances. It ultimately bites off much more than it could chew.

    Jan 14, 2019 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

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