Finding Forrester
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Finding Forrester
Four decades ago, William Forrester won a Pulitzer Prize for his classic novel. That was the last time the world heard of him. Now a recluse in Manhattan, his passion for literature is awakened by Jamal a 16-year old basketball player recruited by an elite Manhattan prep school for his brilliance both on and off the court. When Jamal sneaks into Forrester's apartment, he accidentally leaves behind his backpack, full of his precious writings. Finding these, Forrester is opened to a new world, one that gives him a reason to look past his prejudice and a reason to emerge from his self-imposed… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

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"If director Gus Van Sant had always been a hack it wouldn't matter so much, but personally I find this form of licking the audience's cheeks like an obsequious puppy deeply offensive."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Funny and touching."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"predictable formula film that is quickly forgotten"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Brown, in his acting debut, displays the balance of book smarts, street smarts, and vulnerability that is crucial to the part."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Finding Forrester is not the fastest-paced film in the world, nor the most stirring. It is however the most complete portrait of what it means to be a writer that I've seen in a long time."
‑ Ron Wells, Film Threat
"The leaden screenplay can be fingered for many of the film's faults. But what happened to the off-kilter film-maker last seen at work in To Die For?"
‑ , Time Out
"A rare find."
‑ Paul Clinton (,
"Quality characters, solid film; OK for ages 14+."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Rather hollow effort."
‑ , Film4
"It's a really good movie."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"An anti-intellectual film about the intellectual life."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"A rewarding exploration of the knotty and often contentious relationship between teacher and protege. Its chief pleasure is the master class in the art of acting delivered by Sean Connery."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Lost in "Forrester's" dismissal is appreciation for its relatively piss-and-vinegar approach to the act of creating fiction. Jazzy, classicist and a bit meta, the film's unexpectedly urbane quirks resemble Jonathan Demme films at their mainstream best."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"Finding Forrester is almost worth seeing for Connery and Brown, but it's a lot to ask for people to sit through 136 minutes when only about a third of it is any good."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"La cinta es disfrutable aunque uno no sea de color, buen tirador de tiros libres, o buen escritor."
‑ Alex Ramirez, Cinenganos
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