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Forces of Nature Reviews

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 14, 2009
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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DreamWorks' first reprehensible fiasco.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

June 14, 2009


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.

Full Review Source: Film4

June 14, 2009
Joe Leydon
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An extremely enjoyable neo-screwball comedy about attractive opposites on the road.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 26, 2009
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

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

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 2/5

August 7, 2008
Dustin Putman

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/4

June 24, 2008
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons

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

Full Review Source: Dark Horizons

January 15, 2008

Time Out
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A bumbling and typically charmless latter-day studio screwball comedy.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

It has all been done before, and better.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: C+

April 9, 2005
Dragan Antulov

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/10

October 18, 2004
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly

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.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

May 20, 2003
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online

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.

Full Review Source: Film Quips Online | Original Score: 4/5

February 8, 2003
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

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.

Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 15, 2002
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

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.

Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette

June 23, 2002
Dwayne E. Leslie
Boxoffice Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

June 5, 2002
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

March 4, 2002
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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The cinematic equivalent of Styrofoam: a weightless romantic comedy of synthetic feelings.

May 11, 2001
Jim Chastain
Norman Transcript

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

Full Review

March 12, 2001
Douglas Konecky

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.

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February 14, 2001
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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A most pleasant and diverting venture.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

February 14, 2001
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