Forrest Gump
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"Stupid is as stupid does," says Forrest Gump (played by Tom Hanks in an Oscar-winning performance) as he discusses his relative level of intelligence with a stranger while waiting for a bus. Despite his sub-normal IQ, Gump leads a truly charmed life, with a ringside seat for many of the most memorable events of the second half of the 20th century. Entirely without trying, Forrest teaches Elvis Presley to dance, becomes a football star, meets John F. Kennedy, serves with honor in Vietnam, meets Lyndon Johnson, speaks at an anti-war rally at the Washington Monument, hangs out with the… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

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"It's most successful when it is being off-center, a state of grace it doesn't quite have the nerve to maintain."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"The movie's technical tricks are great fun, as is its musical soundtrack, which captures the essences of the eras it traverses. But when you come right down to it, it's the oddly magnetic personality of Forrest himself that is the biggest draw."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Hanks is brilliant in evoking Forrest's good-heartedness; he cannot really perceive evil in men, and yet he is so untainted by bigotry or ideology that he makes the perfect witness."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"Zemeckis has an exuberant sense of humor, an ability to use good ideas from other movies (he steals from Being There and Zelig) and an unmatched mastery of the technical."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"The movie supports its optimistic agenda by evading or overlooking many hard realities of the historical period it supposedly wants to explore and understand. The result is a winning but ultimately dishonest portrait."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"This isn't the meaningful movie it pretends to be. But as a goofy entertainment that speeds through the latter half of the 20th century, stopping here and there to snap a photo or two, Forrest Gump does just fine."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"This tall tale may reach monumental proportions, but Forrest Gump always keeps its magical airiness and grace."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Forrest Gump is a schmaltz-Zelig, a Being There engineered from the genetic material of a Hallmark card."
‑ Adam Mars-Jones, Independent
"As played to perfection by recent Oscar winner Tom Hanks, who is fast proving that he has no acting limits, this film is a social comedy that reaches heights of wit and cleverness."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Forrest Gump is a perfectly competent movie. Its major failure is one of morals and ideas, and the fact that so many, many people did not seem to notice or care, is what really flummoxed me."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Good as Wright and Sinise are in their roles as Forrest's near-suicidal soulmates, the movie always comes back to Hanks, and director Robert Zemeckis helps him to achieve some of his finest emotional moments."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Credit for the success of the film has to start with director Robert Zemeckis, who has taken his Back to the Future and Who Framed Roger Rabbit success and parlayed it into a more mature, yet equally entertaining, film."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"The performances of Hanks, Gary Sinise, Mykleti Williamson and Robin Wright are worthy. What's missing, though, is a philosophical context in which to gauge what we're watching."
‑ Dan Webster, Spokesman-Review (Washington)
"America's loss of innocence as filtered through the eyes of an innocent -- that's the theme of this plodding, heavy-handed parable."
‑ Joanne Kaufman, People Magazine
"Largely enjoyable."
‑ , Total Film
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