'Touchback' Critic Reviews

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Rotten Tomatoes:   17 reviews
  • Mike Hale New York Times (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • David Martindale Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    67
    If George Bailey had been a high school football hero, It's a Wonderful Life might have been a little like Touchback.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    60
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joe Leydon Variety (Top Critic)
    A lightweight and overlong feel-good drama that plays like a mashup of It's a Wonderful Life and Friday Night Lights.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • William Goss Film.com (Top Critic)
    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...
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tim Goodman Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jeff Beck We Got This Covered
    60
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jeff Beck Examiner.com
    63
    [I]t's not a bad film. It just needed a little trimming and a little work on the ending.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • William Bibbiani CraveOnline
    50
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • John Hazelton Screen International
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • S. Jhoanna Robledo Common Sense Media
    60
    Former jock gets second chance in uplifting (albeit cliched) sports drama.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Austin Chronicle
    60
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle
    60
    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).
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Todd Jorgenson Cinemalogue.com
    Ultimately it's too sentimental to have the desired emotional impact.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Brian Orndorf BrianOrndorf.com
    59
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Sam Adams AV Club
    50
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Frank Swietek One Guy's Opinion
    42
    A grossly manipulative sports movie that tries to plant Capracorn in a 'Field of Dreams.'
    Full Review » 3 years ago
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