Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
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]
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By James Berardinelli
Passionate and magical, Forrest Gump is a tonic for the weary of spirit.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
What a magical movie.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
A movie heart-breaker of oddball wit and startling grace.
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USA Today

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]
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Mr. Showbiz

The film's technical brilliance and sentimental kick seduced many viewers unsuspecting of its polemical intent.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
At its best, Forrest Gump is a gentle, elegiac fantasy about love and trust.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By 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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TV Guide

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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Entertainment Weekly

By 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.
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82 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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