Forrest Gump Reviews

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Adam Mars-Jones
January 7, 2014

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

Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
December 30, 2002

Exquisitely made, expertly crafted... and a work of purest, blackest evil.

| Original Score: 1/5
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000

It was competently made but overlong and occasionally infuriating.

Full Review | Original Score: 0 out of -4..+4
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
February 5, 2007

Judging by the the movie's enduring popularity, the message that stupidity is redemption is clearly what a lot of Americans want to hear.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 8, 2013

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 10, 2008

The wearisome Forrest Gump won six Oscars.

Full Review | Original Score: C-
Stephen Holden
New York Times
Top Critic
May 28, 2003

Forrest Gump has the elements of an emotionally gripping story. Yet it feels less like a romance than like a coffee-table book celebrating the magic of special effects.

Joanne Kaufman
People Magazine
January 7, 2014

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

Daniel Carlson
Movie Mezzanine
September 5, 2014

Forrest Gump is never sure of what it is or what it wants to be.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
January 2, 2003

| Original Score: 2/5
Marc Vincenti
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003

The press kit says Gump brings a rare clarity to what we went through in the '50s, '60s and '70s. But I only saw a pitiful stooge taking the pie of life in the face, thoughtfully licking his fingers.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Amy Nicholson
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic
September 3, 2014

So afraid to dredge up debate that when Forrest is handed a mic at an antiwar rally, someone unplugs the speakers so we can't hear him - fitting for a movie with nothing to say.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 2, 2002

Gets my vote for the most offensive, morally repugnant film ever made

| Original Score: 0/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
December 13, 2002

Stupid is as stupid does, and this movie is, indeed, stupid.

| Original Score: 2/5
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
Top Critic
February 20, 2013

Warm, wise, and wearisome as hell.

Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000

It was almost like it was written by a committee and everybody got to write 10 minutes of the story.

David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
January 7, 2014

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.

Ted Prigge
January 1, 2000

The worst thing is the film goes for brilliance when it really isn't.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
May 23, 2007

Toeing the centreline like a motherf***er while Rome burns. Can I get an "amen"?

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
David Ansen
Top Critic
May 12, 2008

For all its ambition, the movie ends up using great historical events in the service of a dubious sentimentality.

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