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The Forgotten

drama, sci-fi & fantasy, thrillers

Haunted by the memories of a son her husband swears she never had, a distraught mother's search for the truth leads to a mind-shattering conspiracy of unearthly terror.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
0 out of 5
3 out of 5

Creepy thriller not for faint of heart.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has frequent tense scenes with characters in peril and some startling surprises. The plot concerns the death of six children, and other characters are injured and apparently killed. There are brief frightening images and a few bad words. A character abuses alcohol.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how we know whether our memories are accurate. What can we do to make sure we remember the things that are important to us?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: 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, Friday, September 24, 2004

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

- Brian Lowry, Variety, Friday, September 24, 2004

Fresh: 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, Friday, September 24, 2004

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Quite an original concept for a film and great acting once again from Julieanne Moore, certainly worth a watch, but it didn't blow me away.

- 76Majikat, Friday, November 2, 2007

3 stars

A grieving mother obsessively hangs on to the memory of her son who was killed in a plane crash, only to find all evidence of his existence being stripped away. The Forgotten is very reminiscent of an M. Night Shyamalan film in that it's very well made, nice to look at and is initially very intriguing. There is some really nice direction and the central performance by Julianne Moore is strong, but also like a typical MNS film, the pay off at the end is lacking compared to the promise of the build up. It certainly passes the time likeably enough, but I think many will feel a little cheated by the rather half-hearted explanation for it all.

- garyX, Monday, May 12, 2008

3 stars

Was interesting to see this all play out.

- CrookedlittleB33, Saturday, May 17, 2008