The Forgiven Reviews

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March 9, 2020
Unfortunately the story's emotional impact is limited by the overstated performances and the heavy-handed direction of Roland Joffé.
June 1, 2018
Strong performances from an international cast raise the interest level, and it's a vivid exploration of mercy that transcends some rather sentimental storytelling.
March 19, 2018
The film gives the viewer ample reason to make Tutu a saint, but little reason to make him a dramatic screen hero.
March 16, 2018
A drama about the restorative justice and forgiveness work of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
March 16, 2018
The Forgiven is a timely and powerful film, and the ultimate testament to the power of forgiveness and finding common ground in our humanity.
March 15, 2018
Just alone, the scenes between Bana and Whitaker earn the film a recommendation, but other than that there's just not much else worthy of note.
March 15, 2018
The Forgiven plunges us into the heart of post-apartheid chaos, where we see and feel the hurt, fear, and rage that had to be aired before the healing could begin.
March 15, 2018
The core debate and both main performances are compelling.
March 15, 2018
Despite superb performances by Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana, it is overly formal & stylized, better suited to the stage.
March 9, 2018
Brutal violence, adult themes in post-apartheid story.
March 9, 2018
No attempt is made to win over the audience. This welcome absence of sentimentality allows us to experience Tutu's own crisis of faith as he attempts to reconcile this man's actions with his bedrock belief in forgiveness.
March 9, 2018
[The Forgiven] only succeeds as an ugly, empty-headed provocation.
March 9, 2018
It's when the two men come together, in a series of intense and uncomfortable dialogues, that the film is most effective.
March 8, 2018
Several powerful narratives vie for supremacy in the political drama "The Forgiven," but this sluggishly paced film's disparate parts never come together as a compelling whole.
March 8, 2018
"The Forgiven" is heavy-handed from its early texts explaining apartheid through its end credits.
Top Critic
March 8, 2018
At least gives the Commission's heroic chairman, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, his due by placing him front and center in its history - though it's debatable whether Forest Whitaker's glazed impersonation should be considered an honour.
March 7, 2018
The Forgiven tackles its important political and social issues in an overly talky fashion. The film has its merits, but it represents a significant comedown for the director of such classics as The Mission and The Killing Fields.
March 7, 2018
This film's good intentions are too little, and too late.
March 6, 2018
Unfortunately, this movie has so many damn things percolating all through it that it ultimately seems unfocused and painfully earnest.
March 5, 2018
Roland Joff's film is largely successful in its attempt to grapple with the terrible truths of apartheid and its legacy.
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