Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump (1994)

"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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: July 6, 1994
DVD Release Date: August 28, 2001
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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Forrest Gump may be an overly sentimental film with a somewhat problematic message, but its sweetness and charm are usually enough to approximate true depth and grace.

Dave Kehr
New York Daily News

A dark and driven work, haunted by violence, cruelty and a sense of the tragically absurd.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Tries very hard to be all things to all people, and as a result fails to be anything at all.

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Amy Nicholson
L.A. Weekly

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.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

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.

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Jason Bailey
Flavorwire

A weirder, darker, and better movie than its reputation suggests.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

It's most successful when it is being off-center, a state of grace it doesn't quite have the nerve to maintain.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

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.

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Dennis King
Tulsa World

It's a lovely and wise story told with honesty and acted out with unassuming grace. To his collection of medals, trophies and kudos, Forrest Gump should add an Oscar or two.

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Flixster Audience Score: 95% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
With a fine performance by Tom Hanks, this is a refreshing feel-good movie that is always fun and charming, even if sometimes sentimental and a bit vague about… More
Mike S
Epic in scope and triumphant in spirit, <i>Forrest Gump</i> is a larger-than-life piece of film-making, that scored home an impressive 6 Oscars in… More
Melvin White
Forrest Gump: Jenny, I don't know if Momma was right or if, if it's Lieutenant Dan. I don't know if we have a destiny, or if we're all just… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
It's well done and funny. The character, though performed brilliantly by Hanks, verges on obnoxious.
Louis Rogers
A nice enough concept, fairly well pulled off but is mainly crushed by its own sentimentality and heavy handed emotional manipulation (not to mention ham-fisted… More
Directors Cat
[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] It's almost overwhelming but isn't, and flawed in some places. Forrest… More