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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. 100
    Passionate and magical, Forrest Gump is a tonic for the weary of spirit.
  2. Clean up the language, and this little roach of a movie could play the bottom half of a double bill with Rowan and Martin's “The Maltese Bippy.” [26 March 1999, Life, p.9E]
  3. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    90
    Manages the difficult feat of being an intimate, even delicate tale played with an appealingly light touch against an epic backdrop.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    88
    Doesn't sound like a very prepossessing title, but prepare to be taken aback by "what's in a name." [6 July 1994, Life, p.1D]
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    80
    It's a long drink of water at the fountain of pop-social memory.
  6. At its best, Forrest Gump is a gentle, elegiac fantasy about love and trust.
  7. It is also glib, shallow, and monotonous, a movie that spends so much time sanctifying its hero that, despite his "innocence," he ends up seeming about as vulnerable as Superman.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 177
  1. Sep 29, 2012
    10
    In my opinion, Forrest Gump is the greatest film in American history. It makes clear references to historical events, but seen through theIn my opinion, Forrest Gump is the greatest film in American history. It makes clear references to historical events, but seen through the eyes of a mentally-handicap man. I am a history buff, so I loved it. Forrest is such a likeable character and it makes it hard not to like him. Expand
  2. Aug 17, 2010
    10
    One of the most American movies ever made. A brilliant tale of the American Dream narrated by a simple man with simple pleasures. Hanks is atOne of the most American movies ever made. A brilliant tale of the American Dream narrated by a simple man with simple pleasures. Hanks is at his stunning best here, and Zemeckis proved that he's more than just a technological wizard when it comes to making movies. A classic that deserves to be adored for decades to come. Expand
  3. chw
    Aug 16, 2014
    10
    Forrest Gump is a fantastic film. This is one of the films you have to see before you die, because if you don't you're missing out on a giantForrest Gump is a fantastic film. This is one of the films you have to see before you die, because if you don't you're missing out on a giant opportunity. Expand
  4. Feb 23, 2011
    10
    This is one of the few non-summer blockbusters that I love. Tom Hanks did an incredible job here. And this movie definitely deserved its OscarThis is one of the few non-summer blockbusters that I love. Tom Hanks did an incredible job here. And this movie definitely deserved its Oscar for Best Picture. Expand
  5. OviJ.
    May 27, 2006
    10
    A beautiful movie...by far the best i've seen yet... historically accurate (at least in most places) and has a great ending..though sad A beautiful movie...by far the best i've seen yet... historically accurate (at least in most places) and has a great ending..though sad Everyone should watch this movie and give credit to its actors...especially Tom Hanks. Expand
  6. Mar 30, 2015
    9
    Tom Hanks proves his talent for acting. In this film even manages to surprise me pleasantly. I like Forrest, trying to overcome his momentsTom Hanks proves his talent for acting. In this film even manages to surprise me pleasantly. I like Forrest, trying to overcome his moments and be a normal person. Expand
  7. thewiseking
    Feb 6, 2006
    0
    perhaps the worst film ever made. never before in the history of cinema has anything this mawkish, pretentious stupid, and manipulative ever perhaps the worst film ever made. never before in the history of cinema has anything this mawkish, pretentious stupid, and manipulative ever been foisted upon us. there is not one single thing in this film which isn't false. it is so outrageously derivative and obviously manipulative that i honestly was hoping, praying, that they were kidding. alas, they were not. this should be preserved, and shown in film schools as an example of "movie making by committee" and as an indictment of the boomer generation and how they destroyed american film. Expand

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