Movie critics did not particularly like the movie. From Roger Ebert,
With a cleaner story line, the basic idea could have been free to deliver. As it is, we get a better movie than we might have, because the performances are so good: (Kevin) Spacey as a vulnerable and wounded man; (Helen) Hunt as a woman no less wounded in her own way, and (Haley Joel) Osment, once again proving himself the equal of adult actors in the complexity and depth of his performance. I believed in them and cared for them. I wish the movie could have gotten out of their way.and Rotten Tomatoes
Pay It Forward has strong performances from Spacey, Hunt, and Osment, but the movie itself is too emotionally manipulative and the ending is bad.
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