The Forest


The Forest

Critics Consensus

The Forest offers Natalie Dormer a few chances to showcase her range in a dual role, but they aren't enough to offset the fact that the movie's simply not all that scary.



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Against the backdrop of Japan's Aokigahara forest, where people go to end their lives, an American woman braves the mysterious, uncharted terrain to search for her missing sister.


Osamu Tanpopo
as Homeless Man
Tanpopo Osamu
as Homeless Man
Yasuo Tobishima
as Sushi Chef
Ibuki Kaneda
as Mei (Schoolgirl)
Akiko Iwase
as Head Teacher
Kikuo Ichikawa
as Businessman
Yozef Aoki
as Visitor Center Morgue Man
Gen Seto
as Narusawa Bartender
Terry Diab
as Grandma
Nada Mazalica
as Sara/Jess (Age 6)
Lidija Antonic
as Mother of Sara/Jess
Takako Akashi
as Ubasute Old Woman #1
Yuriri Naka
as Young Woman
Nemanja Naumoski
as Pillowcase Man
Tales Yamomoto
as Blue Tent Man
Meg Kubota
as Ubasute Old Woman #2
Mieko Wertheim
as Ubasute Old Woman #3
Carni Deric
as Father of Sara/Jess
Carni Djeric
as Father of Sara/Jess
Yoshio Hasegawa
as Aokigahara Police Sergeant
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Critic Reviews for The Forest

All Critics (136) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (122)

  • The Forest is a dumb and dreary horror movie that's notable only for its racial insensitivities, lack of horror, and for making Natalie Dormer from Game of Thrones play identical twins distinguished only by hair colour.

    Feb 25, 2016 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • It's a very by-the-numbers movie, and Aokigahara becomes just another generic creepy forest that might as well be fictional.

    Feb 25, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The film's biggest problem is its over-reliance on familiar genre tropes - a succession of cheap jump scares releases the dramatic tension instead of adding to it.

    Feb 24, 2016 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • The silly, hand-me-down scares just don't chill.

    Feb 22, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • With no compelling characters, scares, or plot points to redeem The Forest, the best option for those ​curious about Aokigahara is probably to watch a 20-minute 2005 VICE documentary about it.

    Jan 21, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Pretty bad, even for a January release.

    Jan 14, 2016 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Forest

  • Sep 11, 2016
    Jason Zada's mind zap in The Forest gets lost within the trees. The first 30 minutes of this 90 minute psychological thriller is a slow burn of build up. The final hour is a trek which wanders and never leaves any satisfaction. The pacing picks up by the finale, while the sense of realism is eventually loses touch. The setting and creepy effects are worth noting, but other than that, there just isn't enough to push this picture past mediocrity. Natalie Dormer is watchable; however, she doesn't get much help from Taylor Kinney, who plays it all bland as trees in the forest. The Forest is made of trees and that is what this film delivers.
    JY S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 04, 2016
    I gained absolutely nothing from this experience bar the knowledge that Natalie Dormer makes for an attractive goth. Final rating:? 1/2: - Boring/disappointing. Avoid if possible.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 26, 2016
    The Forest, featuring Natalie Dormer (twice!), is about twin sisters in which one was last seen going to the infamous Aokigahara forest in Japan which is also traditionally known as the 'Suicide forest'. The location of the film was great, camera shots of the lush view of Aokigahara and Mount Fuji and excellent cinematography used within Tokyo. The problem and the ultimate failure of the film, is that it's not scary...not even remotely. The overuse of loud jump scares grows tedious extremely quickly. Dormer was able to show a range of acting skills and I thought she was good, other supporting actors were not good. I cannot recommend this film unfortunately, it's just another poor low budget horror movie.
    Luke A Super Reviewer
  • Jun 23, 2016
    Natalie Dormer stars in the atmospheric horror film The Forest. The story follows a woman who travels to Japan to search for her twin sister who is believed to have gone into a forest known for its allure for those intent on committing suicide; but the deeper she goes into the forest searching, the more she begins to sense a malevolent spirit at work. Dormer gives a decent performance, but she really doesn't have much to work with as the script is incredibly weak. And the plot, if there is one, is paper thin. Additionally, the scares aren't that frightening. Still, while it's monotonous and uninspired, The Forest does deliver a few chills.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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