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  1. Apr 17, 2012
    3
    Scott's decision, and how the ending plays down to the detail, is obvious from the first ten minutes. The rest of the movie just goes through the motions like so much labor. Every scene goes the way you think it will, and nothing works. The dialog contains such witticisms as, "Nice job Pearson, you dummy!" from one of Scott's teammates, and, "I'm gonna break your neck, Backwater!" from a member of the rival team--"Backwater" being the clever term used by insiders and outsiders alike for the small town of Coldwater. The actors struggle with stage direction; I always felt conscious of the players hitting their marks and delivering their awkward lines; nothing comes off as natural. It doesn't help that the actors, especially Presley, are too old to play high school kids. Full review on my blog. Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Apr 19, 2012
    60
    What ultimately waters down a movie like Touchback, aside from a really sappy ending, is that we know the answers going in.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Apr 16, 2012
    50
    This handsomely produced but ponderously uplifting trifle should be flagged for excessive schmaltz and offensive illogic.
  3. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Apr 11, 2012
    67
    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).