Finding Forrester
Finding Forrester (2000)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: December 20, 2000
DVD Release Date: April 24, 2001
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite the predictability of its plot and its similarity to Good Will Hunting, Finding Forrester has an honest, solid feel to it and good rapport between Connery and Brown.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Funny and touching.

John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

predictable formula film that is quickly forgotten

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Time Out

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?

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Paul Clinton (

A rare find.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Quality characters, solid film; OK for ages 14+.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

An anti-intellectual film about the intellectual life.

Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

Nick Rogers
The Film Yap

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
Continuing his late 90s/early 2000s run in the mainstream, Gus Van Sant delivered this story about the bond formed between two different, yet challenged… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
What the fuck is this shit, dawg?
danny d
partially inspired by salinger, connery's performance was wonderful and the screenplay was stellar. this is the film that put me on to writing.
Jason Owens
Jamal Wallace (Rob Brown), a black teen who is from the Bronx, is at a difficult path in his life. First of all, he's from one of the toughest places in… More
Lenny Muggsy
A bit slow and dreary, still filled with life and literary shenanigans! You're the man now dog (Scottish accent).
Coxxie Mild Sauce
8th grade. dont remember. Sean Connery can act the pants off a virgin. Gus Van Sant still needs a biography, flixster.