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Forrest Gump (1994)



Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 74
Fresh: 53 | Rotten: 21

An overly sentimental film with a somewhat problematic message, but its sweetness and charm are occasionally enough to approximate true depth and grace.


Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 21
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 6

An overly sentimental film with a somewhat problematic message, but its sweetness and charm are occasionally enough to approximate true depth and grace.



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"Stupid is as stupid does," says Forrest Gump (played by Tom Hanks in an Oscar-winning performance) as he discusses his relative level of intelligence with a stranger while waiting for a bus. Despite his sub-normal IQ, Gump leads a truly charmed life, with a ringside seat for many of the most memorable events of the second half of the 20th century. Entirely without trying, Forrest teaches Elvis Presley to dance, becomes a football star, meets John F. Kennedy, serves with honor in Vietnam, meets


Drama, Romance, Comedy

Eric Roth

Aug 28, 2001

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It's most successful when it is being off-center, a state of grace it doesn't quite have the nerve to maintain.

January 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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This isn't the meaningful movie it pretends to be. But as a goofy entertainment that speeds through the latter half of the 20th century, stopping here and there to snap a photo or two, Forrest Gump does just fine.

January 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Good as Wright and Sinise are in their roles as Forrest's near-suicidal soulmates, the movie always comes back to Hanks, and director Robert Zemeckis helps him to achieve some of his finest emotional moments.

January 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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The movie's technical tricks are great fun, as is its musical soundtrack, which captures the essences of the eras it traverses. But when you come right down to it, it's the oddly magnetic personality of Forrest himself that is the biggest draw.

January 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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This tall tale may reach monumental proportions, but Forrest Gump always keeps its magical airiness and grace.

February 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Credit for the success of the film has to start with director Robert Zemeckis, who has taken his Back to the Future and Who Framed Roger Rabbit success and parlayed it into a more mature, yet equally entertaining, film.

February 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Hanks is brilliant in evoking Forrest's good-heartedness; he cannot really perceive evil in men, and yet he is so untainted by bigotry or ideology that he makes the perfect witness.

January 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

Forrest Gump is a schmaltz-Zelig, a Being There engineered from the genetic material of a Hallmark card.

January 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Independent

The performances of Hanks, Gary Sinise, Mykleti Williamson and Robin Wright are worthy. What's missing, though, is a philosophical context in which to gauge what we're watching.

January 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Spokesman-Review (Washington)

Zemeckis has an exuberant sense of humor, an ability to use good ideas from other movies (he steals from Being There and Zelig) and an unmatched mastery of the technical.

January 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

As played to perfection by recent Oscar winner Tom Hanks, who is fast proving that he has no acting limits, this film is a social comedy that reaches heights of wit and cleverness.

January 7, 2014 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

America's loss of innocence as filtered through the eyes of an innocent -- that's the theme of this plodding, heavy-handed parable.

January 7, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

The movie supports its optimistic agenda by evading or overlooking many hard realities of the historical period it supposedly wants to explore and understand. The result is a winning but ultimately dishonest portrait.

January 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Forrest Gump is a perfectly competent movie. Its major failure is one of morals and ideas, and the fact that so many, many people did not seem to notice or care, is what really flummoxed me.

October 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Largely enjoyable.

February 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

One can sneer at it, but one can't ignore it.

February 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

All this might have seemed like pressing optimism a bit without the bland but still potent presence of Tom Hanks at its centre, clearly on his way to another Oscar nomination.

February 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian

The greatest pleasure the picture affords Americans is most likely a sense of relief; Forrest Gump assures us that we've awakened from the nightmare of history; that all is forgiven, and most has already been forgotten.

January 15, 2013 Full Review Source: The Nation
The Nation

...not a wishful paean to a fantasy version of America, but a portrait of America - its awfulness and beauty, promise and pain - as seen through the eyes of an innocent.

April 23, 2012 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm

Audience Reviews for Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump: Jenny, I don't know if Momma was right or if, if it's Lieutenant Dan. I don't know if we have a destiny, or if we're all just floatin' around accidental-like on a breeze, but I, I think maybe it's both. Maybe both is happenin' at the same time.

"The story of a lifetime."

Forrest Gump is a beautiful film and definitely is the film that Robert Zemeckis and Tom Hanks are most known for. It's one of those rare movies that everyone has seen and just about everyone loves. It's a classic and it's not hard to see why. The movie takes on the simpleness of it's title character, Forrest Gump. It's not flashy, it's simple, and the simpleness is beautiful.

Forrest Gump is an unintelligent, but interesting man. He was born in Alabama where he grows up with his friend, Jenny, and his mother. Forrest sits on a bus stop bench, telling strangers his life story. How he played football at the University of Alabama, how he went to Vietnam, how he met presidents, and how he has always loved his friend Jenny. Forrest's journey puts him at many important events during the sixties and seventies, and the movie surrounds the story of Forrest with civil rights issues, the hippy generation, and just about all the other major news of those decades. It does so in a very good way too, allowing the audience to see it as Forrest does.†

How can you watch a movie so brazen with soul and warmth and not just love it. It's a comedy and a drama. It's funny, sad, and inspiring. It's one of those films you can watch a million times over and still get that same feeling you had the first time you watched it. It just is everything you want in a movie.†

Tom Hanks is brilliant and Zemeckis' direction is incredible. It isn't just a story of a man, but of the generation he was apart of. The brilliance of how these two different elements are put together is what makes Forrest Gump the lovable and great movie it is. If you're one of the few people who haven't seen Forrest Gump, all I can say is, watch it.
November 9, 2013
Melvin White

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A very refreshing feel-good movie that is always entertaining and compelling, even if sometimes it is sentimental and seems a bit vague about its purpose. If you are able to overlook its flaws, you will find it a captivating story of innocence and optimism.
November 22, 2012

Super Reviewer

A nice enough concept, fairly well pulled off but is mainly crushed by its own sentimentality and heavy handed emotional manipulation (not to mention ham-fisted politics). Good revision for your 20th century American history exam, otherwise watch Big Fish instead.
October 27, 2012
Louis Rogers

Super Reviewer

Epic in scope and triumphant in spirit, Forrest Gump is a larger-than-life piece of film-making, that scored home an impressive 6 Oscars in 1995, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor in a Leading Role.

It revolves around the eventful and remarkable life of a mentally, and for some time physically challenged man, who looks at the world through very unique and innocent eyes, as he becomes part of some of the key events that shaped America as a nation. Famous historical figures like Elvis, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon and John Lennon, are just some of the people that he encounters on his grand and amazing journey.

Director Robert Zemeckis is a magician behind the camera, delivering world-class visual story-telling that truly captures the heart and mind in really spell-binding ways. So much love and passion have gone into its making, and it's one of those rare cinematic miracles, where all parties involved have dedicated themselves fully to create the best experience possible.

Ascended by a beautifully orchestrated music score (together with some great classics from the eras it portrays), it hits all the right notes at all the right moments. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll maybe even feel inspired. For there's nothing in this tour-de-force of a film that isn't absolutely stirring.

It's been almost 20 years since its release now, yet the special effects still hold and look as fantastic as ever. They way they've integrated Forrest into real historical footage, is incredibly well-done and nearly seamless in its crafting. Some things even look more convincing than the wizardry of modern features.

However visually compelling it may be though, it's in the acting where it truly dazzles. Tom Hanks' sensational, award-winning performance, is definitely one of the best, if not the greatest of feat his entire career. I would say it stands between this and his heart-gripping turn as an AIDS victim in Jonathan Demme's Philadelphia.

You certainly can't complain about the supporting cast either. Sally Field, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise and Mykelti Williamson, evoke tremendous pathos and sympathy, with their exceptionally written and terrifically acted characters. Michael Conner Humphreys is really wonderful as well, as Forrest in his younger years.

Cynics may have issues with how far-fetched the story is, but I don't think it matters much in the larger perspective. I'm more than willing to suspend all disbelief, for such a majestically conceived and viscerally powerful piece of drama. And I'm sure that goes for a lot of us.

A movie about love, loss, war and human behavior. About discovering your inner potential and overcoming your limitations, even when everything seems against you and abscent of hope. For within Forrest Gump dwells a ray of pure inspiration, with the message that life is what you make of it. We may not all come to shake hands with the President or amount to champions in ping-pong, but we all possess the power to make the best of what we have. Timeless, magical, moving and uplifting, this movie is a celebration of all that and more!
August 7, 2012
Mike S

Super Reviewer

    1. Forrest Gump: Life is like a box a chocolate, you never know what your going to get.
    – Submitted by Matthew B (58 days ago)
    1. Forrest Gump: Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.
    – Submitted by Hi?u S (2 months ago)
    1. Forrest Gump: My mama says that stupid is as stupid does.
    – Submitted by Jesse H (3 months ago)
    1. Forrest Gump: Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.
    – Submitted by Ker Malkin G (5 months ago)
    1. Jenny Curran: His name's Forrest.
    2. Forrest Gump: Like me.
    3. Jenny Curran: I named him after his daddy.
    4. Forrest Gump: He got a daddy named Forrest, too?
    5. Jenny Curran: You're his daddy, Forrest.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (6 months ago)
    1. Forrest Gump: When I got tired, I slept. When I got hungry, I ate. When I had to go, you know, I went.
    2. Elderly Southern Woman: And so, you just ran?
    3. Forrest Gump: Yeah.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (6 months ago)
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