Forever Strong
Forever Strong (2008)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 26, 2008
DVD Release Date: June 9, 2009
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Critic Score: 29% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Joe Leydon

This earnest indie production comes across like formulaic fiction while taking cues (and recycling cliches) from the 'inspirational sports drama' playbook.

Michael Ordońa
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.

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Uplifting jock drama is predictable but OK for older tweens.

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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.

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.

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Brian Orndorf

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.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

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.)

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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.

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

The father-son relationship that bolts this rugby film together provides the textured backdrop for a sports film that engages

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
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18/01/2012 (PS3, NETFLIX)
KJ Proulx
During the trailer, I was like: no no no no no no no! But during the movie I was like: yes yes yes yes yes yes! This was actually a really good sports drama!
Japes .
It's a pretty decent film. There's a lot of cliches and the classic father-son relationship issue that we all see in sports films, but it wasn't… More
Nani Vang
My neices are in love with these young boys, so they made me watch it with them. I have to say it was a pretty decent movie, a little touching. The main… More
Cast: Gary Cole, Sean Faris, Neal McDonough, Sean Astin, Arielle Kebbel, Penn Badgley, Olesya Rulin, Julie Warner, Nathan West, Max Kasch Director: Ryan… More
Brendan Nicholls
heavy handed drama that didn't really explain to much.