Forrest Gump Reviews

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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.
July 5, 2019
It remains a bad movie that gets worse with age.
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.
July 9, 2018
Contrasting Forrest's unassuming innocence with the upheavals and rancor of the times, the film is a wisely goofy commentary on the stupidity of smartness.
April 26, 2018
Forrest Gump, the new Tom Hanks movie directed by Robert Zemeckis, is a one-of-a-kind treat.
February 17, 2015
A dark and driven work, haunted by violence, cruelty and a sense of the tragically absurd.
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
It's most successful when it is being off-center, a state of grace it doesn't quite have the nerve to maintain.
January 7, 2014
This isn't the meaningful movie it pretends to be. But as a goofy entertainment that speeds through the latter half of the 20th century, stopping here and there to snap a photo or two, Forrest Gump does just fine.
January 7, 2014
Forrest Gump is a schmaltz-Zelig, a Being There engineered from the genetic material of a Hallmark card.
January 7, 2014
Good as Wright and Sinise are in their roles as Forrest's near-suicidal soulmates, the movie always comes back to Hanks, and director Robert Zemeckis helps him to achieve some of his finest emotional moments.
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.
February 20, 2013
This tall tale may reach monumental proportions, but Forrest Gump always keeps its magical airiness and grace.
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.
February 20, 2013
Warm, wise, and wearisome as hell.
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.
May 12, 2008
For all its ambition, the movie ends up using great historical events in the service of a dubious sentimentality.
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.
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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