Pay It Forward Synopsis
A boy (Haley Joel Osment) suggests deeds can improve the world.
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75

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
The kind of film you've got to admire simply for the way it squares its shoulders and plunges into a message of unfashionable idealism.
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63

New York Post

By Jonathan Foreman
Works unexpectedly well for its first three quarters.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
It's a pretty nice movie until, like a Ponzi plan, it collapses.
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
With a cleaner story line, the basic idea could have been free to deliver. As it is, we get a better movie than we might have, because the...
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63

USA Today

By Susan Wloszczyna
Either you will weep uncontrollably during the final 10 minutes or so of this bittersweet fable...or the urge to gag will be overwhelming.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
My rule of thumb for manipulative movies: I don't mind playing the marionette as long as the strings aren't visible.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Bob Graham
Has all the elements of a satisfying movie except knowing when to stop.
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49

Mr. Showbiz

By Kevin Maynard
Despite being full of Oscar-winning talent, this is still just a better-dressed, drawn-out episode of "Touched by an Angel."
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25

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Pushes and pushes and pushes the emotional throttle without respite.
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10

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Crass manipulation can clean up at the box office, so do your part: Nail this flick as a bottom feeder and pay the bad word forward to...
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pay it foward

By lishortbaby
i loves this movie i can watch it over and over again and still not get tired of it although i cry on the movie everytime i see it it is still a great movie....

Great Story with Interesting Characters and a Moral!

By DanaLogic
Pay It Forward had me convinced I could change the world by helping others and asking them to pass on the kindness. It was a very inspirational film that didn't lose the message by painting the...

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Rated PG-13 | For Language, Brief Violence, Mature Themes and Sexual Situations
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 14+ A bit syrupy, but sentimental teens may enjoy it.
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