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  • Summary: Rick Penning lives life just like he plays rugby; fast, hard-hitting and intense. When life on the edge lands him in jail, prison ward Marcus Tate offers him a chance to get back in the game by playing for longtime rival team, Highland Rugby. Reluctantly Rick joins the team where he must adopt the grueling training schedule and unique code of conduct that Highland’s legendary coach demands. Egos clash and bitter competitors struggle to find the meaning of “team.” As on-field battles rage, hearts are challenged and loyalties are tried. Rick Penning must decide between the life he lived and a life that stands before him. With a national championship on the line, he will learn that the greatest victories are born in the heart. (Crane Movie Company) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. 63
    There's something disheartening about seeing real-life stories and their inevitable complexities put through the Hollywood sausage machine and transformed into bland parables about a privileged, wayward young bucks redeemed by wise, infinitely patient mentors and the self-abnegating spirit of team sports.
  2. Reviewed by: Adam Markovitz
    Despite all the macho posturing, the corny story is just as sappy as anything on Lifetime.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    The performances are credible across the board, excessive sentimentality is largely avoided, and the sequences devoted to rough-and-tumble rugby match-ups are expertly shot and edited.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael Ordona
    The movie is well shot and edited, the rugby scenes are enjoyable (if likely puzzling to the uninitiated) and "Strong's" earnestness excuses at least some of its predictability.
  5. This inspirational sports drama unfolds in such generic fashion that it feels contrived more often than it rings true.
  6. 42
    Forever Strong is generic faith-and-redemption fare, devoid of nuance.
  7. 12
    If the script serves any purpose at all, it is to allow jocks to show off their buff bodies. They're hot, but not worth 12 bucks at the box office.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Jan 10, 2011
    Absolutely loved the movie. Wish there was a coach in the school system here like Larry Gelwix. Maybe more kids would turn their lives around. I hit the wiki's while I was watching this movie and was impressed by all I read. The movie was made well and the acting was strong by all those in it. True it would have been nice to have had a little more of the history of Highland written into the script but none the less it was still done well. I would watch it again more then once. Well done. Expand
  2. Nov 19, 2010
    Plotted finer than expected, Forever Strong is aided with adequate acting by a talented cast, but the predictability and rather unnecessary schmaltz is irksome. Expand
  3. May 25, 2012
    The story is predictably corny and the main character has a bad attitude for most of the movie. It kind of makes the film annoying.

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