|Columbia Pictures | Release Date: December 20, 2000||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
Finding Forrester achieves a distinct success few Hollywood movies can even dream of: It overwhelms and inspires with understatement.
The execution is crisp and the fundamentals are solid. Like its protagonist, Finding Forrester got game.
It's rare to see a movie that takes such joy in the power of words, not to create lofty works of art but to effect the simple, necessary translation of what's in one's heart and mind.
A juicy and gratifying teacher movie (a genre to which I'm partial). The joy in performance shared by Connery and Brown is the big reason.
The movie is not without its pleasures. Chief among them is Sean Connery's robust performance.
Connery and Brown absolutely shine in their roles.
A rewarding exploration of the knotty and often contentious relationship between teacher and protege.
It feels less predictable and derivative than it is, thanks to Gus Van Sant's deft direction and two fine central performances.
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