The Forgiven Reviews

March 9, 2020
Unfortunately the story's emotional impact is limited by the overstated performances and the heavy-handed direction of Roland Joffé.
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 15, 2018
Despite superb performances by Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana, it is overly formal & stylized, better suited to the stage.
March 9, 2018
[The Forgiven] only succeeds as an ugly, empty-headed provocation.
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 4, 2018
Transitions back and forth from being a glorified play to a made-for-TV looking political drama, but well-meaning and educational