Forrest Gump Reviews

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Dave Kehr
New York Daily News
February 17, 2015
A dark and driven work, haunted by violence, cruelty and a sense of the tragically absurd.
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Amy Nicholson
L.A. Weekly
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
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 7, 2014
It's most successful when it is being off-center, a state of grace it doesn't quite have the nerve to maintain.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 7, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
January 7, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 7, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
February 20, 2013
This tall tale may reach monumental proportions, but Forrest Gump always keeps its magical airiness and grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
February 20, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
February 20, 2013
Warm, wise, and wearisome as hell.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
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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Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 28, 2008
A picaresque story of a simpleton's charmed odyssey through 30 years of tumultuous American history, Forrest Gump is whimsy with a strong cultural spine.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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.
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Tom Charity
Time Out
January 26, 2006
As this mawkish conservative movie ultimately goes to prove: ignorance is bliss.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
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.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 16, 2002
Skillfully adapted by screenwriter Eric Roth, the story belongs in the company of such sweet classics as Rain Man and Harvey.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
A movie heart-breaker of oddball wit and startling grace.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
January 1, 2000
Like the best movie actors, Hanks is a superb reactor.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Hanks is so charming as Gump, so heroic in his guilelessness and belief in simple virtues, that you want to excuse the film's excesses and overlook Zemeckis' weakness for easy, maudlin sentiment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Passionate and magical, Forrest Gump is a tonic for the weary of spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Hanks is superb, reemploying the childlike presence he brought to Big.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
What a magical movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 6, 1994
Reduces the tumult of the last few decades to a virtual-reality theme park: a baby-boomer version of Disney's America.
Full Review | Original Score: C