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: 71%

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"So afraid to dredge up debate that when Forrest is handed a mic at an antiwar rally, someone unplugs the speakers so we can't hear him - fitting for a movie with nothing to say."
‑ Amy Nicholson, L.A. Weekly
"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
"For its 20th anniversary, 'Forrest Gump' is being rereleased for one week in the IMAX format nationwide, including at Rave Cinemas, Davenport. Here is my review from July 1994: Garp + Zelig x Chance = Gump."
‑ Linda Cook, Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
"One of my all time favorite films."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Forrest Gump is a schmaltz-Zelig, a Being There engineered from the genetic material of a Hallmark card."
‑ Adam Mars-Jones, Independent
"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
"Forrest Gump is never sure of what it is or what it wants to be."
‑ Daniel Carlson, Movie Mezzanine
"It might hit you right in the feels, even as your eyes are rolling. To quote one of Forrest's truest pieces of wisdom: Maybe both is happening at the same time."
‑ Rob Humanick, Slant Magazine
"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)
"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
"Pulling the supremely naive yet mystically wise Gump off is a feather in Hanks' hat."
‑ John Wirt, Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
"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
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