23 Blast
23 Blast (2014)

23 Blast is based on the amazingly true story of Travis Freeman. A typical teenager growing up in a small town in Kentucky, Travis is a local hero on and off the field. In the fall of 1997, in the prime of his youth, he is unexpectedly… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 24, 2014
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Critic Score: 38% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The real life story that inspired 23 Blast is undeniably heartwarming -- but the movie itself is too predictable and amateurish to recommend.

Bill Edelstein
Variety

A fairly predictable yarn that's lighthearted and well-acted, if cast mostly with characters that are little more than tackling dummies.

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Sandie Angulo Chen
Washington Post

Although the Bakers, and Hoovers' connection to small-town Kentucky lends the movie a sweet, homegrown touch, it's hard not to wonder whether it would've been more compelling (and less cheesy) in more experienced hands.

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Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com

Despite some solid performances and gritty game footage, emotionally it falls short of the end zone.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

By-the-numbers inspirational trudgework.

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Rafer Guzman
Newsday

Another inspirational film that rarely strays from the playbook, but first-time director Baker gives it some life.

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Barbara Shulgasser
Common Sense Media

Inspiring true-life tale about blind football player.

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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

Although the film has moments when it's serious about exploring the challenges that someone in Travis's situation faces, it ultimately prefers to be just another football movie with a hokey big-game ending.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

From the director to the actors, there's an ease with the style here, as well as a lack of self-consciousness about the fundamentalist religious culture of the characters.

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Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

On the one hand, it's well-meaning and high-minded; on the other, it's obvious and predictable.

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