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The Forest (2016)



Critic Consensus: The Forest offers Natalie Dormer a few chances to showcase her range in a dual role, but they aren't enough to offset the fact that the movie's simply not all that scary.

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Against the backdrop of Japan's Aokigahara forest, where people go to end their lives, an American woman braves the mysterious, uncharted terrain to search for her missing sister.

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Osamu Tanpopo
as Homeless Man
Tanpopo Osamu
as Homeless Man
Yasuo Tobishima
as Sushi Chef
Ibuki Kaneda
as Mei (Schoolgirl)
Akiko Iwase
as Head Teacher
Kikuo Ichikawa
as Businessman
Yozef Aoki
as Visitor Center Morgue Man
Gen Seto
as Narusawa Bartender
Terry Diab
as Grandma
Nada Mazalica
as Sara/Jess (Age 6)
Lidija Antonic
as Mother of Sara/Jess
Takako Akashi
as Ubasute Old Woman #1
Yuriri Naka
as Young Woman
Nemanja Naumoski
as Pillowcase Man
Tales Yamomoto
as Blue Tent Man
Meg Kubota
as Ubasute Old Woman #2
Mieko Wertheim
as Ubasute Old Woman #3
Carni Deric
as Father of Sara/Jess
Carni Djeric
as Father of Sara/Jess
Yoshio Hasegawa
as Aokigahara Police Sergeant
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Critic Reviews for The Forest

All Critics (139) | Top Critics (41)

The film feels more like an expertly crafted missed opportunity, a suspense opus filled with some solidly intriguing ideas that for some reason it refuses to investigate.

August 16, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Disturbingly manipulative and yet totally conventional, The Forest is more memorable for being opportunistic than for being truly frightening.

August 2, 2016 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

We are packed onto a poorly designed ghost train and hurtled past a randomly arranged array of stuff that would fail to frighten even the frailest infant.

March 6, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The tourist's eye view of Japan grates (all live sushi and sidelined indigenous characters) as much as the absence of originality.

February 28, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The storytelling is very perfunctory. Some of the shock tactics are moderately effective but, as the film-makers attempt to combine traditional horror movie elements with insights into the troubled psychology of their heroine, they soon lose their way.

February 25, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The Forest is a dumb and dreary horror movie that's notable only for its racial insensitivities, lack of horror, and for making Natalie Dormer from Game of Thrones play identical twins distinguished only by hair colour.

February 25, 2016 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Forest


I gained absolutely nothing from this experience bar the knowledge that Natalie Dormer makes for an attractive goth. Final rating:? 1/2: - Boring/disappointing. Avoid if possible.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

Super Reviewer


Jason Zada's mind zap in The Forest gets lost within the trees. The first 30 minutes of this 90 minute psychological thriller is a slow burn of build up. The final hour is a trek which wanders and never leaves any satisfaction. The pacing picks up by the finale, while the sense of realism is eventually loses touch. The setting and creepy effects are worth noting, but other than that, there just isn't enough to push this picture past mediocrity. Natalie Dormer is watchable; however, she doesn't get much help from Taylor Kinney, who plays it all bland as trees in the forest. The Forest is made of trees and that is what this film delivers.

JY Skacto
JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

Psychological drama as one sister looks for the other sister in a Japanese forest famous for psychological drama. Everything the main character is told not to do, she does. It gets old fast. I began to pray for her death.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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