Finding Forrester - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Finding Forrester Reviews

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Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 0 out of -4..+4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 26, 2000
A transparent attempt by director Gus Van Sant to repeat the Oscar success of his earlier Good Will Hunting.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 25, 2008
If director Gus Van Sant had always been a hack it wouldn't matter so much, but personally I find this form of licking the audience's cheeks like an obsequious puppy deeply offensive.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Finding Forrester is almost worth seeing for Connery and Brown, but it's a lot to ask for people to sit through 136 minutes when only about a third of it is any good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
December 14, 2000
While Finding Forrester is an average film that earns my average rating, the real disappointment is its ultimately disheartening theme that makes you wonder how it ever got made.
| Original Score: 3/5
Arthur Lazere
culturevulture.net
December 19, 2000
A movie about two writers, but it doesn't seem to have a clue about why writers write or about how writers write.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 3, 2001
Try to make your mind a blank slate for Van Sant's full intended effect... Good.
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
January 5, 2001
Finding Forrester actually becomes more With Honors than Good Will Hunting and could actually be named Good Jamal Hunting for The Wiz.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
April 23, 2001
The story would have us believe the craft of writing is primarily one of inspiration rather than carefully planned hard work. It's pure Hollywood bunk.
| Original Score: 6/10
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
Hollywood films have a tendency to fall apart in the final reel (due to studio pressures and those notorious audience preview comments), but we hoped Van Sant would avoid this pitfall. Alas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 19, 2000
Finding Forrester is 100 percent bogus, from its high-concept characters whose resemblance to real human beings is distant at best, to the 'lessons' it imparts on everything from courtship to writing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
December 19, 2000
At times you can feel Van Sant trying to loosen the movie's windpipe-folding collar, but he doesn't get far, except with Busta Rhymes, as Jamal's gone-nowhere big brother, whose moments are so full of bounce and warmth they feel like invasions from the sc
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John Anderson
Newsday
December 20, 2000
The movie eventually turns ridiculous, as you thought it might.
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
July 22, 2012
predictable formula film that is quickly forgotten
Full Review | Original Score: C
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
It is a film about intelligence in unlikely places that, paradoxically, requires you to check your brain at the door.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jim Shelby
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
A pleasant movie we've all seen before.
| Original Score: 2/4
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
October 30, 2002
Over-long and underwritten drama with too many shades of Good Will Hunting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
December 18, 2000
Generally, the movie aspires to be something more, but its retreaded dialog keeps getting in the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
December 19, 2000
There is a smooth, practiced charm to all of this, but, even with Connery fulminating for all he's worth, it wears thin.
| Original Score: 3/5
December 19, 2000
Is aimed squarely at everyone who loved Good Will Hunting...it's the same only different -- the very definition of formula fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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