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The Forgotten (2004)



Critic Consensus: The premise grows too ridiculous to take seriously.

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Telly Paretta is tormented by the memory of her eight-year-old son Sam's death in a plane crash 14 months ago. While trying to work through her grief, and her subsequent estrangement from her husband Jim, she is informed by her psychiatrist, Dr. Munce, that she is suffering from delusions, that her son never existed and she is fabricating his memories. Stunned, she tries to find evidence of Sam's existence. But it has all disappeared. Telly is convinced she is going mad until she meets Ash Correll, the father of one of the other plane crash victims. Together, they embark on a search to prove the existence of their children and reclaim their sanity.

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as Shineer
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Critic Reviews for The Forgotten

All Critics (174) | Top Critics (38)

The real suspense is in seeing just how far out Gerald Di Pego's script is going to go, as this paranoid thriller leaps to the supernatural. It's poppycock, but well directed: Ruben delivers two or three guaranteed jolts.

March 13, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

It's very manipulative, it's very maddening -- and yet I found it very entertaining.

September 27, 2004

Slightly predictable and dumb when all is said and done.

September 24, 2004 | Full Review…

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…

Perhaps wisely leaves more questions than it answers and for the most part manages to maintain its suspense.

September 24, 2004
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Audience Reviews for The Forgotten


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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


I loved the first half...the pacing especially. The film follows a women who is grieving over the loss of her son, and then during that process, she's informed that her son didn't exist. The plot progressed nicely and was aided by the solid performances by Julianne Moore and Dominic West. Then there was sudden shift about 3/4's of the way through the film where it just all went down hill. The plot got really confusing, and then the ending was Overall, a decent and entertaining film, but I was slightly disappointed because I thought it had potential.

Jameson Worley
Jameson Worley

Super Reviewer

Boy, this is an odd one. A psychological mystery thriller, this film is about a woman still grieving after the death of her son 14 months later, only for everyone around her to tell her that she never had a son and that she is delusional. Refusing to believe this, she sets out on a quest to prove she's not crazy, and to figure out why there seems to be a conspiracy out there telling her things she refuses to believe are true. This film is a real head trip, and it has a very Twilight Zone or X Files vibe to it. This film has some neat ideas going on, but ultimately it feels really half-assed, and the way it is handled just makes it all seem more ridiculous than thought-provoking. On the plus side, it does have a great sense of mood, tone, and atmosphere, and the film is never boring. Plus, the film has a good cast, and their acting is good, so that helps. But still, the material needs some work, and it's unfortunate that this film comes off as more weird (in a bad way) and silly. See it if you want, if only for the way it is constructed and the performances, but don't expect the end result to be as brilliant or mind blowing as it could have been.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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