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Pay It Forward Reviews

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January 29, 2005
It is a movie that will not only find but charm -- or should we say con? -- a certain kind of audience.
Read More | Original Score: C
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
October 10, 2001
Sappy, forced, artificial and manipulative--but really well ACTED!
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
January 1, 2000
Sadly, this is a truly excellent story that is told with exceptionally poor ability.
| Original Score: 3/5
June 21, 2002
Filled with calculated sentiment, this is not a movie but a feature-length shill for Academy Awards nominations.
Full Review| Original Score: 1/4
January 10, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 18, 2007
The film seems manufactured to furrow a cynic's brow before bringing up their lunch.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
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
January 1, 2000
Director Mimi Leder becomes such a manipulatively mawkish emotional puppeteer that it feels as if she's tossing tear gas grenades into the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
An odd mix of good acting talent and an under-achieving script that hampers the overall effort.
June 11, 2001
...too unfocused, too uninvolving, and ultimately too cloyingly sweet for my taste.
Read More | Original Score: 5/10
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
January 1, 2000
An example of how a movie can emotionally blackmail an audience.
January 1, 2000
Instead of nuclear weapons or a deadly comet to blow us away, there's the world-alteringly scary possibility that [Leder] might be trying to kill us with a star-studded 'After School Special.'
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: C
January 1, 2000
Offers more potential than payoff.
Read More | Original Score: C+
January 1, 2000
The year's most manipulative movie.
January 1, 2000
Unceasingly manipulative.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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