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The Forger

6/10
Drama . Crime . Thriller
 

A former child art prodigy and second generation petty thief arranges to buy his way out of prison to spend time with his ailing son, only to be forced to alter his plans and commit one more job for the man who financed his release.

 
Actors: Julio Oscar Mechoso , Jennifer Ehle , Anson Mount , Lyndon Smith , Travis Aaron Wade , Marcus Thomas , Abigail Spencer , Tye Sheridan , Christopher Plummer , John Travolta
Directors: Philip Martin
Country: USA
Release: 2015-04-24
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  • Chris Nashawaty

    The art-heist plot is pretty by-the-numbers, but Travolta nearly saves it with his doomed air of paternal helplessness. He makes you feel the weight of being at the mercy of forces bigger than oneself. At 61, he still possesses something rare, even in rote material like this.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Peter Sobczynski

    It is nowhere close to being the worst thing that he (Travolta) has ever done, but it never for a single moment makes a plausible case for its own existence.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • Gary Goldstein

    In attempting to spin out its competing storylines, the crime drama The Forger never quite gets a handle on either one. Still, an array of strong performances, including a well-calibrated turn by John Travolta, and compelling emotional moments help counter the patchy narrative.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Mark Feeney

    The Forger wants to be many things: gritty crime thriller, heist picture, domestic drama. Family bonds get “forged,” too, right? Director Philip Martin, who’s mainly done British TV work, is best known for “Prime Suspect 7.” Martin keeps things moving a little too briskly, perhaps. Scenes generally feel underdeveloped, and transitions abrupt.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Chris Packham

    The film works marginally well as the story of a broken family trying to heal itself, but the third act is a whole different movie.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    Even with a terminally ill teenage son character, a pill-popping absentee mother and a crotchety grandpa character, The Forger is consistently ineffective as a sentimental tearjerker — and an even bigger failure as a heist movie.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Soggy, strictly by-the-numbers crime thriller.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Among that promising cast, only Plummer and Ehle give us anything more than paint-by-numbers turns. Travolta? He’s a pale imitation of himself, as ill-fitted to the role as that odd prison soul patch he sports under Ray’s carefully streaked mop of hair.

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Chuck Bowen

    A sluggish, obvious fusion of a disease-of-the-week tearjerker with a comedic family crime romp that abounds in stiflingly over-emphasized Boston-crime-movie details.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Mike D'Angelo

    Nicolas Cage at least manages to bring the occasional jolt of electricity to disposable genre tripe like this. Travolta is practically comatose.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    Preposterousness is not necessarily a vice, and plausibility is a weak virtue. Just ask Alfred Hitchcock. So to say that the conceits of The Forger (directed by Philip Martin) are ridiculous isn’t really saying much. It’s also dull, incoherent and drab to look at.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • David Rooney

    While director Martin keeps the film moving, its implausibilities turn from holes into canyons.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Dennis Harvey

    Nothing feels fresh here — not even Christopher Plummer hamming it up as a crusty-coot grandpa — and Philip Martin’s routinely polished direction only underscores the cliche-composting of Richard D’Ovidio’s script.

    Variety Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Occasionally a movie comes along that’s such an awkward compilation of ideas it fascinates: The Forger, a Boston-set melodrama involving cancer, Impressionist art and deadbeat dads, is only about half that good.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Nikola Grozdanovic

    Uninspired films utilizing cinematic devices that felt old decades ago are a regrettable part of the cinematic viewing experience, and The Forger squarely falls into this category.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Travolta’s face looks immobile, while Plummer and Jennifer Ehle, as Cutter’s estranged, strung-out wife, look out of place. Sheridan (“The Tree of Life”), though, does seems comfortable in a movie where the colors blur sloppily.

    New York Daily News Full Review
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