Universal acclaim - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. 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]
  2. 100
    Passionate and magical, Forrest Gump is a tonic for the weary of spirit.
  3. 90
    A movie heart-breaker of oddball wit and startling grace.
  4. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    This is an ambitious movie that attempts too much rather than too little.
  5. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Manages the difficult feat of being an intimate, even delicate tale played with an appealingly light touch against an epic backdrop.
  6. 90
    Zemeckis, an undisputed master of film technology, shows off an equal aptitude for vivid storytelling.
  7. The results are skillful, highly affecting, and ultimately more than a little pernicious.
  8. Reviewed by: Robert Faires
    A remarkable balance of sentimentality and harshness, darkness and light.
  9. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    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]
  10. Reviewed by: Joseph McBride
    The film's technical brilliance and sentimental kick seduced many viewers unsuspecting of its polemical intent.
  11. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    It's a long drink of water at the fountain of pop-social memory.
  12. This is a captivating experience.
  13. At its best, Forrest Gump is a gentle, elegiac fantasy about love and trust.
  14. It's most successful when it is being off-center, a state of grace it doesn't quite have the nerve to maintain. [6 July 1994, Calendar, p. F-1]
  15. Has the elements of an emotionally gripping story. Yet is feels less like a romance than like a coffee-table book celebrating the magic of special effect. [6 July 1994, p. C9]
  16. Yet, for all that's wrong here, one thing is wonderfully, blissfully right, and his name is Tom Hanks.
  17. Reviewed by: Staff (not credited)
    Clearly a great event, Forrest Gump is not, however, a great film. It has the form of an epic without real depth or resonance; the trappings of satire without a coherent attitude; and the semblance of historical revisionism without a critical sensibility.
  18. 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.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 657 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 167
  1. Aug 17, 2010
    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 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. Full Review »
  2. Aug 25, 2011
    A thought crossed my mind many years after viewing this picture: Forrest Gump cannot succeed as a sentimental message picture, because it's message is irresponsible. It is a message of ignorance through bliss, the idea that life would be inherently easier without our pesky brains and ideas. Hanks plays his role as best he could, but the film mistakes a remarkably sad existence for a happy one. Full Review »
  3. DanicaG.
    Jan 13, 2008
    One of my favorite movies of all time! What an amazing story that is told which displays all of the joys, pains, and victories that Forrest's character has encountered throughout his life. What a beautiful story, one that I can watch over and over again. You really feel connected with Forrest's character. Full Review »