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The Forgotten Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 23, 2004
Nothing in The Forgotten happens for any reason other than that it's in the script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 27, 2005
*Rarely has so much cinematic stuff -- star power, special effects, set design -- gone on in the service of something so evanescent and feathery.
Read More | Original Score: C+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 24, 2004
The movie begins with a premise: A mother remembers her lost son, and everyone she trusts tells her she only imagines she had a son. That's a great story idea. But it's all downhill from there.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
September 24, 2004
Has shocks and a solid performance, but no intelligence to go with them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
September 23, 2004
Knocks us out of a nice creepy atmosphere into oh-come-off-it-land. They randomly spun the wheel of movie genres to pick an ending. They should have spun again.
Read More | Original Score: C
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Creepy thriller not for faint of heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
September 22, 2004
Even the slightest brainwave crumbles the tale's infrastructure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 24, 2004
As the psychological thriller moves steadily into science fiction, the switch in genres is never convincing.
Todd Gilchrist
September 24, 2004
I would like to declare a temporary moratorium on movies where people don't know things, feel like someone's following them, think they see dead people, or...
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
September 23, 2004
Joseph Ruben's The Forgotten devolves from a puzzling psychological thriller into paranormal X-Files hogwash.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
October 30, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric D. Snider
September 24, 2004
The sort of movie where, once you learn what's really going on, you realize you liked it better when you didn't know.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
September 23, 2004
A pseudospiritual, mumbo-jumbo, science-fiction inflected mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Brian Orndorf
September 23, 2004
The Forgotten has a foundation built for thrills and twists, but somewhere in development, the material was thrashed by the stick of stupidity.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Kit Bowen
September 23, 2004
The Forgotten just doesn't quite hold up as either a gut-wrenching tale of loss or a convincing psychological thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rob Gonsalves
February 13, 2008
Who wants to see -- or remember -- a wildly implausible thriller that's also grim and humorless?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rebecca Murray
September 23, 2004
Things are too tidy, too wrapped up with a neat bow...
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
September 27, 2004
...a disjointed and derivatively dour drama. Sadly, The Forgotten isn't worth hosting a memory cramp in the cloudy, convoluted noggin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
December 27, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
October 6, 2004
Screenwriter Gerald Di Pegoto...[is] like a child caught in a fib, trying to wriggle out of his predicament by cooking up ever more extravagant fantasies.
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