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The Forgotten Reviews

October 1, 2004
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.
September 27, 2004
It's very manipulative, it's very maddening -- and yet I found it very entertaining.
September 24, 2004
Slightly predictable and dumb when all is said and done.
September 24, 2004
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
Perhaps wisely leaves more questions than it answers and for the most part manages to maintain its suspense.
September 24, 2004
It's the central casting of the remarkable Julianne Moore that gives the movie both a core and a heart, particularly when Di Pego's script starts making its way further and further out along the limb of credibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 24, 2004
'You know this is getting out of control,' someone says near the end of the film. No kidding. Scully and Mulder could have told us that.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 24, 2004
Never comes out from under the weight of its dreariness, despite fine acting, foot chases and conspiracy theories galore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 24, 2004
Has shocks and a solid performance, but no intelligence to go with them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 24, 2004
You could wind up with whiplash watching this film, and that's a compliment.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
September 24, 2004
The only mystery here, once the lights come up, is why these good people signed on to appear in this sad mistake.
September 24, 2004
Devolves into a best-forgotten clone of an utterly illogical X-Files episode.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 24, 2004
It has been 17 years since Joseph Ruben last directed a good thriller (The Stepfather), and it may be another 17 if he can't find better material than Gerald Di Pego's script for The Forgotten.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 24, 2004
Such unabashed ludicrousness can be fun, in a brainless sort of way, especially when it's coupled with lots of sudden defibrillator jolts underscored by crashing cymbals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 24, 2004
As the psychological thriller moves steadily into science fiction, the switch in genres is never convincing.
September 24, 2004
There is nothing worse than a thriller that doesn't play fair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 24, 2004
We get all of Moore, which is a lot, but only half a story, which is not quite enough to make The Forgotten a winning thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
September 24, 2004
Maybe you'll kick yourself upon leaving the theater, but while the lights are down you're engaged and increasingly, pleasurably thunderstruck.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 24, 2004
It's amazing the acting talent assembled for this mess.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
September 24, 2004
A surprisingly action-packed wingding of a flick, a snappy Twilight Zone episode blown satisfyingly large beyond expectations.
Read More | Original Score: B
September 24, 2004
Before it's done, The Forgotten has resorted to such uninspired devices as car chases, perhaps so the script can speed past the many plot holes that open as the story progresses.
Read More | Original Score: C
September 24, 2004
If you want to watch good actors do good work, the film will entertain, but some of the plot twists beg to be, um, forgotten.
September 23, 2004
A pseudospiritual, mumbo-jumbo, science-fiction inflected mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
September 23, 2004
One-half a good movie. The second half goes wildly out-of-control, leaving the entire film in self-destructive mode.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
September 23, 2004
Now we find out what The X-Files would be like without Mulder and Scully. And it's not good.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
September 23, 2004
A genuine spellbinder, with the power to suck you right out of your seat.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 23, 2004
One of those films that leave you wondering if any of the actors read the whole script before signing on.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
September 23, 2004
One of those mysteries in which the initial premise is appealing, but every step toward the solution puts the film on shakier ground than before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 23, 2004
Ruben's film is more like The Sixth Nonsense.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
September 23, 2004
Nestled comfortably in the lower-middle level of the they-won't- believe-me- but-the-truth- is-out-there subgenre.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 23, 2004
The warped yardstick by which this year's stinkers will be measured.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
September 23, 2004
It's enigmatic in the worst sense, in that every explanation for what's going on holds less water than the last.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 23, 2004
An often gripping, puzzling and scary trip through Manhattan, remote Long Island beaches and mountain cabin getaways.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 23, 2004
The more spelled-out the puzzle becomes, the less convincing it is.
Read More | Original Score: C-
September 22, 2004
A pleasantly nonsensical roller-coaster ride.
September 21, 2004
Car chases, special-effects jolts, and a socially irrelevant sci-fi story line lifted whole from The X-Files.