The Forgotten Reviews

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March 13, 2018
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.
Top Critic
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.
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.
September 24, 2004
Never comes out from under the weight of its dreariness, despite fine acting, foot chases and conspiracy theories galore.
September 24, 2004
Has shocks and a solid performance, but no intelligence to go with them.
September 24, 2004
You could wind up with whiplash watching this film, and that's a compliment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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