Pay It Forward
Pay It Forward (2000)

A young boy stumbles upon a simple way to change the world in this drama. Trevor (Haley Joel Osment) is a bright 11-year-old boy who comes from a troubled home; his mother Arlene (Helen Hunt) is an alcoholic trying to hold down two jobs to… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: May 15, 2001
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40%
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78%



Critic Score: 40% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Pay It Forward has strong performances from Spacey, Hunt, and Osment, but the movie itself is too emotionally manipulative and the ending is bad.

Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Spacey and Hunt create interestingly layered characters who are hiding parts of themselves from themselves. And come Oscar time, Osment once again may be saying, 'I see tuxedoed people.'

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Not since Gump has there been such a pandering, faux-virtuous package of populist pap for Hollywood to shove in the faces of electioneering politicos and say: Look, we don't just market unwholesome swill to families, we market wholesome swill, too.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

A bit syrupy, but sentimental teens may enjoy it.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Less a worthy achievement than a nice try.

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Jay Carr
Boston Globe

It's carried to an amazing degree by its performances.

Blake French
Filmcritic.com

Ironic, isn't it, that a film about human decency takes place in Vegas?

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

With its smorgasbord of moralizings, Pay It Forward is a confusing welter of sentiment.

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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Offers more potential than payoff.

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Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

The film seems manufactured to furrow a cynic's brow before bringing up their lunch.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Wildaly M
Decent movie.
Richard C
B-
Anthony Lawrie
A nice story but way to heavy handed and with gringeworthy performances. Much like her other films, director Mimi Leder concentrates on the less important… More
Conner Rainwater
A really interesting movie with some great performances, but I feel like it was overly preachy, gimmicky and dramatic. I like the message to a degree, but the… More
Anatoliy Dudaev
want to see it
KJ Proulx
This had a great touchiness to it, but in the end, the characters fall flat, but it doesn't matter, because the story is soo great, that it could hold any… More

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