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Forrest Gump (1994)

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Taglines: Life is like a box of never know what you're gonna get.

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Writers: Winston Groom, Eric Roth

Stars: Tom Hanks, Rebecca Williams, Sally Field, Michael Conner Humphreys, ...

Forrest Gump is a simple man with a low I.Q. but good intentions. He is running through childhood with his best and only friend Jenny. His 'mama' teaches him the ways of life and leaves him to choose his destiny. Forrest joins the army for service in Vietnam, finding new friends called Dan and Bubba, he wins medals, creates a famous shrimp fishing fleet, inspires people to jog, starts a ping-pong craze, creates the smiley, writes bumper stickers and songs, donates to people and meets the president several times. However, this is all irrelevant to Forrest who can only think of his childhood sweetheart Jenny Curran, who has messed up her life. Although in the end all he wants to prove is that anyone can love anyone.

100 | James Berardinelli

Passionate and magical, Forrest Gump is a tonic for the weary of spirit.
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100 | Roger Ebert

What a magical movie.
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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]

90 | Rita Kempley

Zemeckis, an undisputed master of film technology, shows off an equal aptitude for vivid storytelling.
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90 | Todd McCarthy

Manages the difficult feat of being an intimate, even delicate tale played with an appealingly light touch against an epic backdrop.
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90 | Jonathan Rosenbaum

The results are skillful, highly affecting, and ultimately more than a little pernicious.
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90 | Peter Travers

A movie heart-breaker of oddball wit and startling grace.
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89 | Robert Faires

A remarkable balance of sentimentality and harshness, darkness and light.
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80 | Richard Corliss

It's a long drink of water at the fountain of pop-social memory.
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80 | Desson Thomson

This is a captivating experience.
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75 | Edward Guthmann

At its best, Forrest Gump is a gentle, elegiac fantasy about love and trust.
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63 | Rick Groen

Yet, for all that's wrong here, one thing is wonderfully, blissfully right, and his name is Tom Hanks.
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60 | 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.
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50 | Owen Gleiberman

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.
Read More: Entertainment Weekly