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Finding Forrester (2000)



Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 124
Fresh: 91 | Rotten: 33

Despite the predictability of its plot and its similarity to Good Will Hunting, Finding Forrester has an honest, solid feel to it and good rapport between Connery and Brown.


Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 10

Despite the predictability of its plot and its similarity to Good Will Hunting, Finding Forrester has an honest, solid feel to it and good rapport between Connery and Brown.



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Four decades ago, William Forrester won a Pulitzer Prize for his classic novel. That was the last time the world heard of him. Now a recluse in Manhattan, his passion for literature is awakened by Jamal a 16-year old basketball player recruited by an elite Manhattan prep school for his brilliance both on and off the court. When Jamal sneaks into Forrester's apartment, he accidentally leaves behind his backpack, full of his precious writings. Finding these, Forrester is opened to a new world, one


Drama, Comedy

Mike Rich

Apr 24, 2001


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All Critics (131) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (91) | Rotten (33) | DVD (17)

If director Gus Van Sant had always been a hack it wouldn't matter so much, but personally I find this form of licking the audience's cheeks like an obsequious puppy deeply offensive.

March 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (4)
Chicago Reader
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The leaden screenplay can be fingered for many of the film's faults. But what happened to the off-kilter film-maker last seen at work in To Die For?

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
Time Out
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An anti-intellectual film about the intellectual life.

March 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Funny and touching.

February 6, 2001
Rolling Stone
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A rare find.

January 12, 2001 Full Review Source:
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A rewarding exploration of the knotty and often contentious relationship between teacher and protege. Its chief pleasure is the master class in the art of acting delivered by Sean Connery.

January 11, 2001
Philadelphia Inquirer
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predictable formula film that is quickly forgotten

July 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

Quality characters, solid film; OK for ages 14+.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Lost in "Forrester's" dismissal is appreciation for its relatively piss-and-vinegar approach to the act of creating fiction. Jazzy, classicist and a bit meta, the film's unexpectedly urbane quirks resemble Jonathan Demme films at their mainstream best.

September 24, 2010 Full Review Source:

Brown, in his acting debut, displays the balance of book smarts, street smarts, and vulnerability that is crucial to the part.

February 15, 2010 Full Review Source:

Rather hollow effort.

March 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Finding Forrester is almost worth seeing for Connery and Brown, but it's a lot to ask for people to sit through 136 minutes when only about a third of it is any good.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Finding Forrester is not the fastest-paced film in the world, nor the most stirring. It is however the most complete portrait of what it means to be a writer that I've seen in a long time.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

It's a really good movie.

September 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

La cinta es disfrutable aunque uno no sea de color, buen tirador de tiros libres, o buen escritor.

July 25, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinenganos

All signs of intelligent life are sacrificed to Hollywood formula and liberal wish-fulfilment.

December 15, 2003 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

The relationship between Connery and Brown is powerful enough to sustain the story.

June 17, 2003 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

It is a film about intelligence in unlikely places that, paradoxically, requires you to check your brain at the door.

May 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

A pleasant movie we've all seen before.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

A nice-looking, nice-feeling exercise in conventionalism that sure could use a couple of transvestites and maybe a house falling from the sky.

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Finding Forrester is Gus Van Sant treading water in Hollywood, but he's making a beautiful pattern.

March 4, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

A moving, meaningful story.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Over-long and underwritten drama with too many shades of Good Will Hunting.

October 30, 2002 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

There's nothing particularly original about this story, but within its limitations it's done quite well.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

Audience Reviews for Finding Forrester

Continuing his late 90s/early 2000s run in the mainstream, Gus Van Sant delivered this story about the bond formed between two different, yet challenged writers.

One is a young man from the inner city with an untapped gift for writing that is overshadowed by his athleticism, while the other is an older, bitter recluse who found early success, only to basically immediately fall into obscurity. They have an uneasy non-romantic meet-cute that eventually leads them to becoming friends, with each being the spark the other needs to satisfy their need to create.

I honestly don't remember much about this movie, but I remember it being at least sit-throughable, despite its reputation for being cheesy. It's a nice heartwarming story that makes you feel good, so really, what's wrong with that? Okay, so I know that something like that isn't an immediate reason to give something a pass, but hey, I'm feeling like a softie, so back off.

It's not really one of Van Sant's best, at least in the grand scheme of things, but it's okay enough I suppose, and it's decently well made as far as these types of stories go, so sure, give it a watch.
June 26, 2013
Chris Weber

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partially inspired by salinger, connery's performance was wonderful and the screenplay was stellar. this is the film that put me on to writing.
February 22, 2011
danny d

Super Reviewer

A bit slow and dreary, still filled with life and literary shenanigans! You're the man now dog (Scottish accent).
January 26, 2010
Lenny Muggsy

Super Reviewer

What the fuck is this shit, dawg?
November 22, 2009
Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

    1. William Forrester: The Times is dinner, The National Enquirer is dessert.
    – Submitted by Betty G (2 years ago)
    1. William Forrester: You're the man now, dog!
    – Submitted by Moe J (2 years ago)
    1. William Forrester: We walk away from our dreams afraid that we may fail, or worse yet, afeaid we may succeed.
    – Submitted by Nusfish K (2 years ago)
    1. William Forrester: The key to a woman's heart is an unexpected gift at an unexpected time.
    – Submitted by Nusfish K (2 years ago)
    1. William Forrester: You must write your first draft with your heart. You rewrite with your head. The first key to writing is... to write, not to think.
    – Submitted by Nusfish K (2 years ago)
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