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  • Summary: Upon release from prison, a young man (Schreiber) begins working for a small town's park departmant. He forms a friendship with a co-worker, an older man (Beatty).
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. The sense of continuing life is quietly remarkable.
  2. You realize this is a story about the life beyond this movie, about the great changes in life we never give ourselves time to consider. And for a moviegoing experience, that's a lot of bang for your buck.
  3. Spring Forward is so fully realized and so moving that you wish you could get away with merely saying: "Go see it for yourself."
  4. Two very fine actors, Ned Beatty and Liev Schreiber, engaged in an intense contest to see who can give the more understated performance.
  5. 80
    Gilroy has brilliantly played to his strengths in Spring Forward. With a story that has no room for big, obviously "cinematic" effects, he concentrates on simple staging, unobtrusive (though often beautifully evocative) visuals, and sheer performance. It's a decision that pays off.
  6. The movie's seven scenes were filmed in real time (as opposed to condensed editing-room time) over the course of a year, giving the drama an extra touch of realism and humanity.
  7. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    60
    Tom Gilroy's debut feature is a little obvious, but it's an excellent showcase for the criminally underused Ned Beatty.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6

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