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Forrest Gump Reviews

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 7, 2014
The movie's technical tricks are great fun, as is its musical soundtrack, which captures the essences of the eras it traverses. But when you come right down to it, it's the oddly magnetic personality of Forrest himself that is the biggest draw.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 8, 2013
Forrest Gump is a perfectly competent movie. Its major failure is one of morals and ideas, and the fact that so many, many people did not seem to notice or care, is what really flummoxed me.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

Total Film
February 20, 2013
Largely enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
February 20, 2013
This tall tale may reach monumental proportions, but Forrest Gump always keeps its magical airiness and grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
February 20, 2013
Credit for the success of the film has to start with director Robert Zemeckis, who has taken his Back to the Future and Who Framed Roger Rabbit success and parlayed it into a more mature, yet equally entertaining, film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
February 20, 2013
Warm, wise, and wearisome as hell.
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
February 20, 2013
One can sneer at it, but one can't ignore it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Derek Malcolm
February 20, 2013
All this might have seemed like pressing optimism a bit without the bland but still potent presence of Tom Hanks at its centre, clearly on his way to another Oscar nomination.
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
January 15, 2013
The greatest pleasure the picture affords Americans is most likely a sense of relief; Forrest Gump assures us that we've awakened from the nightmare of history; that all is forgiven, and most has already been forgotten.
Josh Larsen
April 23, 2012
...not a wishful paean to a fantasy version of America, but a portrait of America - its awfulness and beauty, promise and pain - as seen through the eyes of an innocent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Emanuel Levy
February 27, 2011
This Oscar-winner divided critics in its chronicle of the long journey taken by a slow-witted boy through American history and politics, but there was consensus about the high-caliber acting of Hanks, who won a second, consecutive Best Actor Oscar.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Michael Scheinfeld
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Moving and wonderful, but parent preview a good idea.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeff Giles
January 20, 2010
Even if its success was overblown, so was the backlash.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
November 4, 2009
Forrest may be dumb, but he ain't stupid.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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David Ansen
May 12, 2008
For all its ambition, the movie ends up using great historical events in the service of a dubious sentimentality.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 10, 2008
The wearisome Forrest Gump won six Oscars.
Full Review | Original Score: C-

February 20, 2008
Unashamedly sentimental, this is a technically triumphant tear-jerker.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
February 20, 2008
Despite its flaws, this is simply unmissable.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rob Gonsalves
February 13, 2008
Its flaws don't do it any great harm; it's as comforting as an afternoon nap, but also as refreshing.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Todd McCarthy
January 28, 2008
A picaresque story of a simpleton's charmed odyssey through 30 years of tumultuous American history, Forrest Gump is whimsy with a strong cultural spine.
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