Finding Forrester Reviews

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
July 22, 2012
predictable formula film that is quickly forgotten
Full Review | Original Score: C
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 24, 2010
Quality characters, solid film; OK for ages 14+.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
September 24, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
February 15, 2010
Brown, in his acting debut, displays the balance of book smarts, street smarts, and vulnerability that is crucial to the part.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Doesn't fully live up to all the expectations but is still enjoyable.

Film4
March 25, 2008
Rather hollow effort.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 25, 2008
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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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?
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 30, 2005
It's a really good movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Alex Ramirez
Cinenganos
July 25, 2004
La cinta es disfrutable aunque uno no sea de color, buen tirador de tiros libres, o buen escritor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
December 15, 2003
All signs of intelligent life are sacrificed to Hollywood formula and liberal wish-fulfilment.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 17, 2003
The relationship between Connery and Brown is powerful enough to sustain the story.
| Original Score: 3/4
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
It is a film about intelligence in unlikely places that, paradoxically, requires you to check your brain at the door.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jim Shelby
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
A pleasant movie we've all seen before.
| Original Score: 2/4
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
A nice-looking, nice-feeling exercise in conventionalism that sure could use a couple of transvestites and maybe a house falling from the sky.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Harry Guerin
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
March 4, 2003
Finding Forrester is Gus Van Sant treading water in Hollywood, but he's making a beautiful pattern.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
A moving, meaningful story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
October 30, 2002
Over-long and underwritten drama with too many shades of Good Will Hunting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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