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Forever Strong 2008

Critics score:
29 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Noel Murray, AV Club: It's definitely possible to make artful message movies -- just consider the filmography of ex-Mormon iconoclast Richard Dutcher -- but Forever Strong is generic faith-and-redemption fare, devoid of nuance. Read more

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe: Read more

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Michael Ordona, Los Angeles Times: 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. Read more

Adam Markovitz, Entertainment Weekly: Shares the secret sin of many a pigskin pic: Despite all the macho posturing, the corny story is just as sappy as anything on Lifetime. Read more

V.A. Musetto, New York Post: As directed by Ryan Little and written by David Pliler, Forever Strong dredges up every sports movie cliche and stereotype ever invented. (Cue the slow-mo in the rain.) Read more

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: The whole package here is warmed-over mush from a hundred other sports movies, a tale padded out with game footage, training sequences, absurd coincidences, life lessons that teach nothing and wasted casting. Read more

Stephen Garrett, Time Out: American rugby is the setting for this earnest sausage party of macho posturing, bro-dacious life lessons and value-focused sportsmanship that give wayward teens the strength to rise above sinful temptations. Read more

Joe Leydon, Variety: This earnest indie production comes across like formulaic fiction while taking cues (and recycling cliches) from the 'inspirational sports drama' playbook. Read more

Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice: Though director Ryan Little puts together a clean, professional package, at bottom this is a nearly-two-hour scrum of therapeutic direct encounters. Read more