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The Forgotten

24forg A desperate mother tries to prove the existence of her missing child in this chilling psychological thriller. Reeling from the loss of her 8-year-old son, she seeks counsel from a therapist -- who claims the boy was a figment of her imagination.
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NYT Review
In this preposterous thriller, a pseudospiritual, mumbo-jumbo, science-fiction inflected mess, the director Joseph Ruben does not just fail to tap into the talent of his luminous star, the actress Julianne Moore; he barely gets her attention. Read the review
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Moore is too precious a commodity to fritter away her time and talent on a no-thrills thriller as bland and superficial as The Forgotten.
Rex Reed, New York Observer  full review
 
It's very manipulative, it's very maddening -- and yet I found it very entertaining.
Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper  full review
 
Slightly predictable and dumb when all is said and done.
Desson Thomson, Washington Post  full review
 
An uneasy mix between Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and the The X-Files, and one not nearly as smart as either.
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post  full review
 
Perhaps wisely leaves more questions than it answers and for the most part manages to maintain its suspense.
Brian Lowry, Variety  full review
 
It's the central casting of the remarkable Julianne Moore that gives the movie both a core and a heart, particularly when Di Pego's script starts making its way further and further out along the limb of credibility.
Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star  full review
 
Never comes out from under the weight of its dreariness, despite fine acting, foot chases and conspiracy theories galore.
Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
 
Has shocks and a solid performance, but no intelligence to go with them.
James Berardinelli, ReelViews  full review
 
You could wind up with whiplash watching this film, and that's a compliment.
Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel  full review
 
The only mystery here, once the lights come up, is why these good people signed on to appear in this sad mistake.
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger  full review
 
Devolves into a best-forgotten clone of an utterly illogical X-Files episode.
Megan Lehmann, New York Post
 
It has been 17 years since Joseph Ruben last directed a good thriller (The Stepfather), and it may be another 17 if he can't find better material than Gerald Di Pego's script for The Forgotten.
Jack Mathews, New York Daily News  full review
 
Such unabashed ludicrousness can be fun, in a brainless sort of way, especially when it's coupled with lots of sudden defibrillator jolts underscored by crashing cymbals.
Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times  full review
 
As the psychological thriller moves steadily into science fiction, the switch in genres is never convincing.
Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
 
There is nothing worse than a thriller that doesn't play fair.
Rick Groen, Globe and Mail  full review
 
We get all of Moore, which is a lot, but only half a story, which is not quite enough to make The Forgotten a winning thriller.
Michael Booth, Denver Post  full review
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