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 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 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 6, 2018
Unfortunately, this movie has so many damn things percolating all through it that it ultimately seems unfocused and painfully earnest.