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Touchback (2012)

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Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 3

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Former high school football star turned farmer and family man, Scott Murphy (Brian Presley) finds himself with a unique opportunity to revisit his glory days during the Ohio State championship game where he permanently injured his knee in a game-winning play. Given a second shot at his destiny, Scott seeks counsel from Coach Hand (Kurt Russell), Scott's longtime mentor on and off the field, to help him decide whether to let his fate unfold, or follow a path that will change his future. -- (C)

Jan 8, 2013

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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (8) | DVD (1)

Earnestness and obviousness compete for supremacy early on in Don Handfield's film, with the latter fully in front; happily, earnestness stages a comeback by the end.

April 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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A lightweight and overlong feel-good drama that plays like a mashup of It's a Wonderful Life and Friday Night Lights.

April 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety
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Are any of them alone reason enough to sit through two hours of warmed-over life lessons? Not particularly, but it should be said that the cast and crew have made a fair stride towards redeeming earnest low-budget filmmaking of this ilk...

April 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Film.com
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If George Bailey had been a high school football hero, It's a Wonderful Life might have been a little like Touchback.

April 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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Touchback takes a handoff from Peggy Sue Got Married and It's A Wonderful Life and runs it up the middle for a modest gain.

April 12, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Touchback is a sweet family film that ultimately lacks enough insight into the main character's thought process as he struggles to make a decision that could change his life.

January 16, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

[I]t's not a bad film. It just needed a little trimming and a little work on the ending.

September 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Touchback isn't a bad movie, aside from the makeup effects that look like someone just shoved a pillow down Bryan Presley's shirt. It's just an unconvincing one.

September 7, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline
CraveOnline

Former jock gets second chance in uplifting (albeit cliched) sports drama.

April 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Ultimately it's too sentimental to have the desired emotional impact.

April 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

It's flawed but amiable, leading with its heart to tell a simple tale of refreshed consciousness, blended with a little touch of fantasy to give the material a comforting lift.

April 13, 2012 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
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Touchback may accurately be called cornball hokum by some, but it's nevertheless a well-made film filled with heart and soul (and Snake Plissken).

April 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

A grossly manipulative sports movie that tries to plant Capracorn in a 'Field of Dreams.'

April 12, 2012 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
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Audience Reviews for Touchback

Nice touching family movie.
February 27, 2013
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The trailer of the film looks like a touchdown, but the film itself is a fumble. I felt like I have seen this type of film done before a bunch of times. It reminded me of movies like Mr. Destiny, 17 Again, The Family Man, and Click to name a few. Those films are better than this one. This one is too predictable.

Also, they should have casted 2 actors to play the same roles. Meaning they should have casted a younger actor to play the high school version and casted an older actor to play the older version of the character. I thought the make up to make some of the actors look older, were terrible and fake. Kurt Russell looks like he is doing a bad copy of his character from the movie Miracle. He was better in that, than this film.
April 21, 2013
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