(1994)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

Based on 19 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
Chicago Sun-Times
What a magical movie.
100
Chicago Tribune
Clean up the language, and this little roach of a movie could play the bottom half of a double bill with Rowan and Martin's "The Maltese Bippy." [26 March 1999, Life, p.9E]
100
ReelViews
Passionate and magical, Forrest Gump is a tonic for the weary of spirit.
90
Rolling Stone
A movie heart-breaker of oddball wit and startling grace.
89
Austin Chronicle
A remarkable balance of sentimentality and harshness, darkness and light.
88
USA Today
Doesn't sound like a very prepossessing title, but prepare to be taken aback by "what's in a name." [6 July 1994, Life, p.1D]
80
Mr. Showbiz
The film's technical brilliance and sentimental kick seduced many viewers unsuspecting of its polemical intent.
75
San Francisco Chronicle
At its best, Forrest Gump is a gentle, elegiac fantasy about love and trust.
70
Los Angeles Times
It's most successful when it is being off-center, a state of grace it doesn't quite have the nerve to maintain. [6 July 1994, Calendar, p. F-1]
63
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Yet, for all that's wrong here, one thing is wonderfully, blissfully right, and his name is Tom Hanks.
60
Clearly a great event, Forrest Gump is not, however, a great film. It has the form of an epic without real depth or resonance; the trappings of satire without a coherent attitude; and the semblance of historical revisionism without a critical sensibility.
50
Entertainment Weekly
It is also glib, shallow, and monotonous, a movie that spends so much time sanctifying its hero that, despite his "innocence," he ends up seeming about as vulnerable as Superman.

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