Forces of Nature


Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 26
  2. Negative: 5 out of 26

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  1. 75
    Aside from the likable performers, Forces of Nature's greatest strength is that it flouts several established conventions of the genre.
  2. Romantic comedy about a bridegroom-to-be who gets sidetracked on the way to his wedding, especially by an unexpected traveling companion who's both free-spirited and beautiful.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    An extremely enjoyable neo-screwball comedy about attractive opposites on the road.
  4. Turns out to be an extremely likable vehicle with a genuine sense of fun.
  5. 70
    Well-constructed, if chilly, road romance, with some great throwaway lines.
  6. Reviewed by: Yahlin Chang
    Refreshingly, the movie doesn't treat you like a moron who needs to be told which woman to root for. If Ben has to choose, why shouldn't you?
  7. 67
    In the end, Forces of Nature is a creampuff of a film, it being a scrappy romantic comedy of the purest stripe, what's so wrong with that? Not a thing.
  8. The man (Affleck) is something of a force of nature himself, and it ain't pretty.
  9. The film shows off Ms. Bullock to amusing if overly frenetic advantage. It also leaves Affleck without enough of a Cary Grant aura to play his wimpier character with style.
  10. 50
    Unhappily, the attractive twosome never give into the pull, just as this coquettish variant of "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" never arrives at its promised destination.
  11. An arcade game disguised as a love story, nearly comatose with cute.
  12. Make no mistake: This slackly paced picture doesn't gel.
  13. A so-so, OK, perfectably acceptable, nice, rather charming romantic comedy with two stars who are entirely watchable.
  14. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    Works best as a ponderous metaphor for life's uncertainties. As a lighthearted comedy, the force, alas, is not with it. [19 March 1999, Life, p.13E]
  15. The fault isn't all in the chemistry, or lack thereof. The more pressing conundrum of "Forces" is that writer Marc Lawrence paints his lead character into a morally ambiguous corner.
  16. The movie has the structure of a madcap romantic chase without the wiggy, busting-out freedom.
  17. Ultimately, Forces of Nature is more of a lull than a passionate storm.
  18. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    Sporadically funny but uneasily revisionist screwball comedy.
  19. 50
    Sandra Bullock and Ben Affleck as star-crossed lovers, is the cinematic equivalent of Styrofoam: a weightless romantic comedy of synthetic feelings.
  20. 40
    Unfortunately, Bullock and Affleck don't strike many sparks or produce many yuks…they're not exactly built for comedy.
  21. 40
    Bullock is refreshingly natural, as usual, but Affleck seems uncomfortable as the romantic lead--if she's light as a feather, he's stiff as a board. Marc Lawrence's implausible script and Bronwen Hughes's tin-ear direction do nothing to improve matters.
  22. Time
    Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    All its desperate plot maneuvers (Ben and Sandra making like Tarzan on a train roof) can't give the film wit; all the slo-mo sleet, rain and confetti can't give it style. [March 22, 1999]
  23. 30
    Only succeeds sporadically, even if it's never quite the unwatchable monstrosity it so clearly could have been.
  24. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Rick Kogan
    If you are misguided or otherwise unfortunate enough to see Forces of Nature, you will find yourself the next day with but one image, one memory, in your head: Sandra Bullock's teeth. [19 March 1999, Friday, p.A]
  25. 25
    Leads us down the garden path of romance, only to abandon us by the compost heap of uplifting endings. And it's not even clever enough to give us the right happy ending. It gives us the wrong happy ending.

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