Mike Hale - New York Times
If George Bailey had been a high school football hero, It's a Wonderful Life might have been a little like Touchback.
David Martindale - Dallas Morning News
Earnestness and obviousness compete for supremacy early on in Don Handfield's film, with the latter fully in front; happily, earnestness stages a comeback by the end.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
A lightweight and overlong feel-good drama that plays like a mashup of It's a Wonderful Life and Friday Night Lights.
Joe Leydon - Variety
Are any of them alone reason enough to sit through two hours of warmed-over life lessons? Not particularly, but it should be said that the cast and crew have made a fair stride towards redeeming earnest low-budget filmmaking of this ilk...
William Goss - Film.com
Tim Goodman - Hollywood Reporter
Touchback is a sweet family film that ultimately lacks enough insight into the main character's thought process as he struggles to make a decision that could change his life.
Jeff Beck - We Got This Covered
[I]t's not a bad film. It just needed a little trimming and a little work on the ending.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
Touchback isn't a bad movie, aside from the makeup effects that look like someone just shoved a pillow down Bryan Presley's shirt. It's just an unconvincing one.
William Bibbiani - CraveOnline
John Hazelton - Screen International
Former jock gets second chance in uplifting (albeit cliched) sports drama.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
- Austin Chronicle
It's flawed but amiable, leading with its heart to tell a simple tale of refreshed consciousness, blended with a little touch of fantasy to give the material a comforting lift.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Touchback may accurately be called cornball hokum by some, but it's nevertheless a well-made film filled with heart and soul (and Snake Plissken).
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Ultimately it's too sentimental to have the desired emotional impact.
Todd Jorgenson - Cinemalogue.com
A grossly manipulative sports movie that tries to plant Capracorn in a 'Field of Dreams.'
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Touchback takes a handoff from Peggy Sue Got Married and It's A Wonderful Life and runs it up the middle for a modest gain.
Sam Adams - AV Club