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.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, 2014-10-23
Stepping behind the camera, versatile actor Dylan Baker makes an assured directorial debut, drawing spirited performances from his seasoned cast while mainly steering clear of the usual, treacly movie-of-the week conventions.
Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter, 2014-10-22
An honest piece of work, and sometimes a touching one.
Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice, 2014-10-21
A fairly predictable yarn that's lighthearted and well-acted, if cast mostly with characters that are little more than tackling dummies.
Bill Edelstein, Variety, 2014-10-24
By-the-numbers inspirational trudgework.
Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 2014-10-23
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.
Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, 2014-10-23
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.
Sandie Angulo Chen, Washington Post, 2014-10-23
Another inspirational film that rarely strays from the playbook, but first-time director Baker gives it some life.
Rafer Guzman, Newsday, 2014-10-23
It is a heartfelt, earnest piece of flatly lit Americana, made in a hypnotically dull style usually associated with mid-century industrial filmmaking.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, AV Club, 2014-10-23