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Forces of Nature (1999)



Average Rating: 4.7/10
Critic Reviews: 21
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 14

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Ben (Ben Affleck) has two days to get from New York to Savannah, Georgia for his wedding to Bridget Cahill (Maura Tierney). Everything is running smoothly until his plane skids off the runway. Ben inadvertently saves the life of his seatmate, Sarah (Sandra Bullock), who becomes his companion for the longest two days of his life. As fate begins to repeat itself through a series of disasters involving a rental car, a train, and a bus (not to mention a hurricane), Ben has to wonder if someone's


Drama, Romance, Comedy

Marc Lawrence

Dec 19, 2000

Dreamworks Distribution

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All Critics (69) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (35) | DVD (8)

DreamWorks' first reprehensible fiasco.

June 14, 2009 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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An extremely enjoyable neo-screwball comedy about attractive opposites on the road.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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A bumbling and typically charmless latter-day studio screwball comedy.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The cinematic equivalent of Styrofoam: a weightless romantic comedy of synthetic feelings.

May 11, 2001
Rolling Stone
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A most pleasant and diverting venture.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Make no mistake: This slackly paced picture doesn't gel. But it so consistently undermines the pastel-pretty conventions that currently rule the genre that some sneaky admiration is in order.

June 14, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Comment (1)
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The humour is genial and both Affleck and Bullock are easy on the eye, but the film itself ends up being little more than a storm in a teacup.

June 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4

Bullock seems a bit too level-headed for a screwball, and the affable Affleck has no real chemistry with her or Tierney.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

While far from a complete misfire, Forces of Nature remains simply too by-the-numbers to be particularly gratifying or worthwhile.

June 24, 2008 Full Review Source:

All in all, it really depends on if you're a fan of the two leads. I am, so I liked it.

January 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

It has all been done before, and better.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

For the most part this film is not particularly funny or entertaining. The plot is, of course, predictable.

October 18, 2004 Full Review

As soon as the co-stars become unlikely companions on a two-day trip to the South, a major problem crops up: no screen chemistry. They rarely click together, let alone sizzle.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

Bullock seems to really be enjoying herself in this role, and Affleck is uncomfortable. I don't know whether this is because his role dictates it or if it's just a natural reaction, but it works.

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

Sandra Bullock is the good news about Forces of Nature. Her natural charm dances off the screen with giddy abandon. Unfortunately, the movie lets her down.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

though Sandra Bullock and Ben Affleck generate a certain amount of goodwill... the comedy - like the airplane its central characters meet aboard - doesn't quite get off the ground.

June 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

The combination of Affleck's deadpan by-the-book persona with the spontaneity of Bullock's character sparks with convincing chemistry, their diverse personalities causing both to grow and bring to the surface what each is running away from or can't admit.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Relationships are always leaps of faith requiring only a courageous heart and a commitment to the beloved that goes beyond either rhyme or reason.

March 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Except for the continuous onslaught of disasters, some of which are genuinely funny, there is really not a whole lot going on here.

March 12, 2001 Full Review
Norman Transcript

Forces of Nature isn't awful. It is just miscast. If Ben was being lured by someone more tempting, like Melanie Griffith in Wild Thing, say, it would have had more of an edge.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Forces of Nature

A little known rom-com starring Sandra Bullock. A guy traveling to get married meets a free-spirited woman en route who helps open his eyes to life and love. It was a fun film with some funny moments with a good cast. Good soundtrack to!
June 12, 2011

Super Reviewer

The path to true love gets rocky in this engaging and occasionally wild tale - outragous and warmhearted funny.
Ben Affleck and Sandra Bullock are very appealing as the reliable groom-to-be and free-spirited traveller who complement each other's strengths and weaknesses and who learn to offer one another valuable life lessons.
The cinematography is unique, inventive, and beautiful! This movie has always given me a better perspective on marriage, love, lust, wondering minds, and people in general. This film's directorial vision is clear and is visually stunning.
One good performance came from the late David Strickland (TV series' Suddenly Susan) in his final film role. It was unfortunate to hear about Strickland's death because his role in this film showed the world that he can act well on the big screen.
May 24, 2011
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

I watched this one years ago, and really couldn't remember it, so decided to check it out when it was on tv recently. Kind of wish I hadn't bothered. All the way through it I was thinking I really needed to downgrade my original score of three stars to two and a half. Only thing that stopped me was that the ending did redeem it somewhat, by not being totally predictable. SPOILER...........I damn hated Sandra Bullock, so I was pleased he didn't wind up with her, though Ben Affleck was nothing inspiring in this either. Must be a real low point in both their careers.
Plot is that Ben Affleck is due to be married to a nondescript woman who I think I would take off on too quite honestly. Through a series of disasters he is stranded with Sandra Bullock, who he meets on a plane. Sandra in this is just horrible. Not only does she not look attractive, her character is a free spirit type, and she just can't pull it off at all, while he seems stuffy and boring and not someone anyone would bother with. There's a whole series of events including a particularly cringable one with the pair of them screaming on top of a train. No wonder I blocked all memory of this movie from my mind.
As I mentioned, ending redeems it a little. MORE SPOILERS,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
He goes back to the nondescript fiancee who is marginally more bearable than Sandra and comes out with quite a good speech. Enough to make me leave my original rating at three stars. Not enough to make me want to watch this again.
February 26, 2011

Super Reviewer

I love Sandra Bullock in this film. I Didn?t like the ending much though!
September 29, 2009

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