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The Forgotten (2004)



Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 171
Fresh: 53 | Rotten: 118

The premise grows too ridiculous to take seriously.


Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 26

The premise grows too ridiculous to take seriously.



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A grieving woman must make a journey into her past in this psychological thriller. Telly Paretta (Julianne Moore) is a mother who is struggling to put her life back together after the unexpected death of her eight-year-old son. Telly begins seeing a therapist (Gary Sinise) who offers a startling diagnosis -- that her son never really existed, and all her memories of the child are products of her imagination. When Telly meets a man with a strangely similar story to tell about his lost child

Jan 18, 2005


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All Critics (179) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (53) | Rotten (118) | DVD (27)

Moore is too precious a commodity to fritter away her time and talent on a no-thrills thriller as bland and superficial as The Forgotten.

October 1, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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It's very manipulative, it's very maddening -- and yet I found it very entertaining.

September 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper | Comment (1)
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Slightly predictable and dumb when all is said and done.

September 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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An uneasy mix between Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and the The X-Files, and one not nearly as smart as either.

September 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Perhaps wisely leaves more questions than it answers and for the most part manages to maintain its suspense.

September 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Variety | Comment (1)
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It's the central casting of the remarkable Julianne Moore that gives the movie both a core and a heart, particularly when Di Pego's script starts making its way further and further out along the limb of credibility.

September 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Creepy thriller not for faint of heart.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment (1)
Common Sense Media

Who wants to see -- or remember -- a wildly implausible thriller that's also grim and humorless?

February 13, 2008 Full Review Source:

The climax is a disappointment, lacking the quick visual thrills earlier in the movie and failing to answer many key questions raised throughout.

September 22, 2006
Christianity Today

Few films have title more deserving.

August 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Draxblog Movie Reviews

Not since Star Trek V: The Final Frontier has there been such a stupid omnipotent force.

July 25, 2005 Full Review Source:

The Forgotten, though not an outright bad movie, is yet another frustrating example of a Hollywood film that simply lacks the courage of its convictions.

March 23, 2005 Full Review

Starts out as a psychological drama and gets a whole lot weirder as it goes along.

February 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

What the father-son bond was to Frequency… mother love is to The Forgotten, a "Twilight Zone" / "X-Files"-esque thriller with a pro-life twist.

February 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

*Rarely has so much cinematic stuff -- star power, special effects, set design -- gone on in the service of something so evanescent and feathery.

January 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Unusual mix of drama and science fiction, masquerading as a horror film.

January 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
Classic Film and Television

... [Julianne Moore] is the heart and soul that lifts The Forgotten from direct-to-video fare and into something genuinely interesting.

January 21, 2005 Full Review Source:

Goes from figuratively to literally sucking as characters mysteriously go flying into the sky.

December 5, 2004 Full Review Source:

Two films in one - a mad rollercoaster thriller in the cinema, and a more subtle psychodrama in your head afterwards.

November 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Gazette

La frustración proviene de ver un pésimo abordaje de lo que originalmente fue una buena idea que contaba además con una estupenda actriz.

November 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinenganos

Lurking beneath is an equally creepy sense of latent antagonism now, between Mom and the State when it comes to possession rights over human offspring.

November 2, 2004
Long Island Press

The more you understand what's really going on, the less you like it.

October 28, 2004 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Mercury
Las Vegas Mercury

O que tinha tudo para se transformar em um thriller psicológico de primeira acabou assumindo a forma de um filme B pouco inspirado.

October 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Cool idea. Realized pretty darned well, with some faults. In the "M. Night Shyamalan" genre.

October 25, 2004 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
Hollywood Report Card

The film never grabs the audience...

October 24, 2004 Full Review
Talking Pictures (U.S.)

[W]hy dramatize your premise when you can blow the windows out of an abandoned warehouse instead?

October 24, 2004 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for The Forgotten

I'm not the first to say so but this was like a crap episode of The X-files. On paper it reads as a really cool sci-fi thriller but the reality is that it is a badly written film, full of plot holes and mistakes in the story. It makes no sense at all, it is all about 'the twist' which i'm afraid isn't that clever and was pretty predictable after 20 minutes. The pace and flow of the film are pretty terrible too, everything seems a little too convenient on one hand and just plain nonsensical on the other. The acting is also of poor quality but I'm guessing they didn't really have much to go with. The Forgotten is set to become forgotten it seems, it's deserves to be anyway.
May 22, 2013

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Julianne Moore is a mother who misses her dead son, which is normal ... until everyone she knows starts to tell her that she never had one. As the story shifts from psychological thriller into the unknown, the fantastic, well, it loses its way, but the actors are still good.
February 25, 2012

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