Forrest Gump Reviews

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February 6, 2020
It's too specific to be a proper allegory, and too vague to provide a satisfactorily millennial perspective on the last 50 years. Neither is it caustic enough to make one cry, nor soppy enough to make one laugh.
February 6, 2020
The narrative is so programmed it is like watching software. Forrest Gump is a medley of sound bites-clever, cute, amusing, silly, sentimental-and irritatingly phony...
February 4, 2020
Self-ingratiatingly, and for this viewer maddeningly, it blends the comic with the Christly, the satirical with the sentimental, the free-thinking with the fuddy-duddy.
February 21, 2019
I can't see how people with low I.Q.s or those who love them are in any way comforted by all this hogwash. I can easily see how such people might be offended by its smug unreality.
January 27, 2019
Only in America could you envision a film with the conceit of a simpleton as conduit through a swathe of that country's socio-history, and for it not to be a colossal satire.
August 29, 2017
Forrest Gump is, for all of it's graces, undeniably broken thanks to [its] shameless ideological manipulation of historical truths. [Full review in Spanish]
July 10, 2016
Tries very hard to be all things to all people, and as a result fails to be anything at all.
September 5, 2014
Forrest Gump is never sure of what it is or what it wants to be.
September 3, 2014
So afraid to dredge up debate that when Forrest is handed a mic at an antiwar rally, someone unplugs the speakers so we can't hear him - fitting for a movie with nothing to say.
January 7, 2014
Forrest Gump is a schmaltz-Zelig, a Being There engineered from the genetic material of a Hallmark card.
January 7, 2014
America's loss of innocence as filtered through the eyes of an innocent -- that's the theme of this plodding, heavy-handed parable.
January 7, 2014
The movie supports its optimistic agenda by evading or overlooking many hard realities of the historical period it supposedly wants to explore and understand. The result is a winning but ultimately dishonest portrait.
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.
February 20, 2013
Warm, wise, and wearisome as hell.
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.
May 12, 2008
For all its ambition, the movie ends up using great historical events in the service of a dubious sentimentality.
March 10, 2008
The wearisome Forrest Gump won six Oscars.
May 23, 2007
Toeing the centreline like a motherf***er while Rome burns. Can I get an "amen"?
February 5, 2007
Judging by the the movie's enduring popularity, the message that stupidity is redemption is clearly what a lot of Americans want to hear.
January 26, 2006
As this mawkish conservative movie ultimately goes to prove: ignorance is bliss.
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