Metascore
43

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Sep 19, 2012
    75
    Thomas, credited as writer, producer, and executive producer, is the obvious auteur, orchestrating a star vehicle she lacks the screen presence to anchor.
  2. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Sep 20, 2012
    70
    It's simple stuff, but it works.
  3. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Sep 27, 2012
    50
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    Sep 21, 2012
    50
    Backwards - its title referring to the wisdom that life is lived forward but understood backward - has no forward propulsion.
  5. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Sep 21, 2012
    50
    Director Ben Hickernell soft-pedals the material into a blandly feel-good dramedy. As Abigail's spirited young trainees, Alexandra Metz and Meredith Apfelbaum give Backwards their all, but can't row their way clear of its clichés.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Sep 19, 2012
    50
    Passably pleasant but thoroughly predictable.
  7. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Sep 20, 2012
    40
    As her boss and boyfriend, an impressively good-natured James Van Der Beek adds a professional sheen to what otherwise feels like a vanity affair.
  8. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Sep 20, 2012
    40
    Pairing a dull romance with an even duller sport (at least as represented here), this cliché-ridden vanity project is more suited to the ABC Family channel than to the inside of a movie theater.
  9. Reviewed by: Michael Nordine
    Sep 19, 2012
    40
    Subplots are introduced only to be resolved within minutes, characters jettisoned at a moment's notice. Those who can't do, teach; those who settle apparently end up pretty happy.
  10. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Sep 18, 2012
    40
    The lesson here, apparently, is that driven women just need to lighten up and stop being selfish - a message that really does feel backward.
  11. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Sep 28, 2012
    38
    The biggest problem, then, is the characters who populate the film. For the most part, they're one-dimensional caricatures.
  12. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Sep 27, 2012
    38
    The neatness of the plotting becomes almost comical after a while. Construction is one thing; contrivance is another.
  13. Reviewed by: Tomas Hachard
    Sep 18, 2012
    25
    Streamlines its busy set of plots and subplots into a 90-minute sprint, throughout which characters often confront and overcome their obstacles within the same scene.

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