• Released
  • September 21, 2012
  • (Limited)
  • PG , 1 hr 29 min
  • Drama
  • 2 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: Failing to make the Olympic rowing team, a woman takes a job as a high-school crew coach.

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Los Angeles Times

By Gary Goldstein
It's simple stuff, but it works.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A movie whose main virtue was its honesty ultimately lands in a place that feels canned and unsatisfying. But on the way there, Backwards...
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Backwards - its title referring to the wisdom that life is lived forward but understood backward - has no forward propulsion.
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50

Variety

By Joe Leydon
Passably pleasant but thoroughly predictable.
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50

New York Post

By Sara Stewart
Director Ben Hickernell soft-pedals the material into a blandly feel-good dramedy. As Abigail's spirited young trainees, Alexandra Metz and...
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40

Time Out New York

By Nick Schager
The lesson here, apparently, is that driven women just need to lighten up and stop being selfish - a message that really does feel backward.
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40

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
As her boss and boyfriend, an impressively good-natured James Van Der Beek adds a professional sheen to what otherwise feels like a vanity...
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38

Washington Post

By
The biggest problem, then, is the characters who populate the film. For the most part, they're one-dimensional caricatures.
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38

Boston Globe

By Mark Feeney
The neatness of the plotting becomes almost comical after a while. Construction is one thing; contrivance is another.
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25

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Streamlines its busy set of plots and subplots into a 90-minute sprint, throughout which characters often confront and overcome their...
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Rated PG | For Some mild language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 10+ Drama is bland but teaches girls about competitive rowing.
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