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A talented but troubled high-school rugby star gets a second shot at redemption after being sentenced to serve time in a Salt Lake City boys' home and landing a coveted spot on the famed Highland High School rugby team in this inspirational sports drama from director Ryan Little (Saints and Soldiers, Everything You Want). Rick Penning (Sean Faris ) was the star player on his Arizona rugby team until his life took a turn for the worse. Now, after a fateful brush with the law, Rick finds himself out of the spotlight and forced to ponder the consequences of his actions in a Salt Lake City… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This earnest indie production comes across like formulaic fiction while taking cues (and recycling cliches) from the 'inspirational sports drama' playbook."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"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."
‑ Michael Ordońa, Los Angeles Times
"Uplifting jock drama is predictable but OK for older tweens."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"The very Tom Cruise-like Sean Faris makes this respectable portrayal noteworthy considering the gritty sport's irrelevancy to most Americans."
‑ Bruce Bennett, Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
"Gives the word "forgettable" a bad name."
‑ Steve Simels, Boxoffice Magazine
"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."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"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."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Created under the vague guise of "inspirational cinema," Strong is a sloppy, soggy pile of clichés, unable to sort itself out, grow a pair of cinematic cojones, and actually try to subvert some of its rancid formula."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"[Director Ryan] Little and cinematographer T.C. Christensen make you feel the heat in every scrum."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"While it does boast some of the expected tropes and formulas of cinematic sports dramas, it's a competent, entertaining and involving movie that features a decent message about self-discipline and redemption."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"As directed by Ryan Little and written by David Pliler, Forever Strong dredges up every sports movie cliché and stereotype ever invented. (Cue the slow-mo in the rain.)"
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"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."
‑ Adam Markovitz, Entertainment Weekly
"The father-son relationship that bolts this rugby film together provides the textured backdrop for a sports film that engages"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"There's something disheartening about seeing real-life stories and their inevitable complexities put through the Hollywood sausage machine and transformed into bland parables."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Contrived corniness abounds."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
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