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Pay It Forward Reviews

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Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
May 25, 2001
Few films stoop as low as Pay it Forward under the guise of upright seriousness.
Full Review | Original Score: short
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
May 2, 2001
Sanctimonious drivel.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Michael Thomson
April 16, 2001
All three leads are first-rate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dan Lybarger
Lawrence Journal-World
April 1, 2001
"Pay It Forward" elicits more emotion than it deserves. Still, shedding a tear or two on account of the film is not an unreasonable request.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 21, 2001
Recordatorio de que la humanidad puede ser redimida a través de las buenas intenciones y la fe en los demás
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Shay Casey
Jacksonville Film Journal
February 22, 2001
It's not looking to touch us in any meaningful way; it's just looking to make us cry so we (and the Academy) will be fooled into heaping awards on it come next March.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 1, 2000
So enamored of its own upbeat view of human nature that it expects you to overlook its stick-figure characters, its creaky plot machinery and its remorseless assault on your tear ducts.
| Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Both affecting and effective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
It tells a story that audience members will want to like, but it doesn't tell it strongly and cleanly enough; it puts too many loops into the plot, and its ending is shamelessly soapy for the material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Sean P. Means
January 1, 2000
If a movie can coax tears out of me, touch me in a way that the tears flow naturally, more power to it. But stealing my tears by beating me over the head with manipulated schmaltz is a cheat.
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Robert Horton
January 1, 2000
Some very affecting performances.
Eric D. Snider
January 1, 2000
Spacey and Osment can wrench a few tears out of me anytime they want. Being led by the nose was never so pleasant.
Full Review | Original Score: B

E! Online
January 1, 2000
The acting should please everyone -- including Academy voters.
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
January 1, 2000
My heart was happily warmed and my tears happily jerked.
| Original Score: 4/5
David N. Butterworth
January 1, 2000
The heavy-handedness of the direction makes the film a lesser experience than it might otherwise have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
January 1, 2000
an "attack of total altruism" embedded in a slightly simplistic movie, fronted with terrific actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Todd McCarthy
January 1, 2000
Osment truly is as good as it gets where kid thesps are concerned.
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
Heavy-handed plot designing and telegraphing makes the film more tedious than rousing.
John Paul Powell
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
A good movie that could have surely been a great one if the producers had had the guts to present reality as it is.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
A cheaply manipulative film of constructed sentimentality that left me feeling angry at how it tried to jerk my emotions around.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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