• 100
    James Berardinelli ReelViews
    Passionate and magical, Forrest Gump is a tonic for the weary of spirit.
  • 90
    Todd McCarthy Variety
    Manages the difficult feat of being an intimate, even delicate tale played with an appealingly light touch against an epic backdrop.
  • 90
    Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader
    The results are skillful, highly affecting, and ultimately more than a little pernicious.
  • 89
    Austin Chronicle
    A remarkable balance of sentimentality and harshness, darkness and light.
  • 88
    Mike Clark USA Today
    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]
  • 80
    Mr. Showbiz
    The film's technical brilliance and sentimental kick seduced many viewers unsuspecting of its polemical intent.
  • 70
    Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times
    It's most successful when it is being off-center, a state of grace it doesn't quite have the nerve to maintain. [6 July 1994, Calendar, p. F-1]
  • 70
    Elvis Mitchell The New York Times
    Has the elements of an emotionally gripping story. Yet is feels less like a romance than like a coffee-table book celebrating the magic of special effect. [6 July 1994, p. C9]
  • 60
    TV Guide Magazine
    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.
  • 50
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly
    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.