January 19, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST

Finding Forrester

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
136 minutes
performer
Robert Brown, Sean Connery, F. Murray Abraham, Anna Paquin
director
Gus Van Sant
Producers
Columbia Pictures, Laurence Mark Productions
distributor
Columbia Pictures
author
Mike Rich
genre
Drama
We gave it a B-

On the one hand, this story about the relationship between a famous, reclusive writer in need of humanizing and a young genius in need of direction is highly unoriginal, especially coming from Gus Van Sant after Good Will Hunting. On the other hand, there are stirring moments of student-teacher chemistry between Sean Connery, acting like he’s laird of the Bronx, and Rob Brown, whose natural, poised performance offsets Connery’s moments of HOO-ahhh. B-

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