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Based on 13 Reviews
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  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    A movie whose main virtue was its honesty ultimately lands in a place that feels canned and unsatisfying. But on the way there, Backwards isn't so bad. show more

  • 50
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Backwards - its title referring to the wisdom that life is lived forward but understood backward - has no forward propulsion. show more

  • 40
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    As her boss and boyfriend, an impressively good-natured James Van Der Beek adds a professional sheen to what otherwise feels like a vanity affair. show more

  • 50
    Sara Stewart New York Post

    Director Ben Hickernell soft-pedals the material into a blandly feel-good dramedy. As Abigail's spirited young trainees, Alexandra Metz and Meredith Apfelbaum give Backwards their all, but can't row their way clear of its clichés. show more

  • 38
    Washington Post

    The biggest problem, then, is the characters who populate the film. For the most part, they're one-dimensional caricatures. show more

  • 38
    Mark Feeney Boston Globe

    The neatness of the plotting becomes almost comical after a while. Construction is one thing; contrivance is another. show more

  • 25
    Slant Magazine

    Streamlines its busy set of plots and subplots into a 90-minute sprint, throughout which characters often confront and overcome their obstacles within the same scene. show more

  • 40
    Nick Schager Time Out New York

    The lesson here, apparently, is that driven women just need to lighten up and stop being selfish - a message that really does feel backward. show more

  • 70
    Gary Goldstein Los Angeles Times

    It's simple stuff, but it works. show more

  • 50
    Joe Leydon Variety

    Passably pleasant but thoroughly predictable. show more

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