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
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 30%
Critics' score: 30   Audience score: 47   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

It's amazing the acting talent assembled for this mess. full review

Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle

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. full review

Rex Reed, New York Observer

It's very manipulative, it's very maddening -- and yet I found it very entertaining. full review

Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper

Slightly predictable and dumb when all is said and done. full review

Desson Thomson, Washington Post

An uneasy mix between Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and the The X-Files, and one not nearly as smart as either. full review

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

Perhaps wisely leaves more questions than it answers and for the most part manages to maintain its suspense. full review

Brian Lowry, Variety

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. full review

Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star

Never comes out from under the weight of its dreariness, despite fine acting, foot chases and conspiracy theories galore. full review

Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle

Has shocks and a solid performance, but no intelligence to go with them. full review

James Berardinelli, ReelViews

You could wind up with whiplash watching this film, and that's a compliment. full review

Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel

Maybe you'll kick yourself upon leaving the theater, but while the lights are down you're engaged and increasingly, pleasurably thunderstruck. full review

Ty Burr, Boston Globe

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. full review

Jack Mathews, New York Daily News

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. full review

Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times

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. full review

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail

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. full review

Michael Booth, Denver Post

The movie begins with a premise: A mother remembers her lost son, and everyone she trusts tells her she only imagines she had a son. That's a great story idea. But it's all downhill from there. full review

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

The only mystery here, once the lights come up, is why these good people signed on to appear in this sad mistake. full review

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
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