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The Gift (2000)

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57

Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 118
Fresh: 67 | Rotten: 51

With a reported budget of around 10 million, The Gift is obviously a labor of love for those involved. Unfortunately, the A-list cast can't prevent the movie from becoming a by-the-numbers whodunit with an ending that's all but unsatisfactory.

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Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 12

With a reported budget of around 10 million, The Gift is obviously a labor of love for those involved. Unfortunately, the A-list cast can't prevent the movie from becoming a by-the-numbers whodunit with an ending that's all but unsatisfactory.

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Supernatural horror meets character drama in this Sam Raimi-directed thriller. Set in Georgia, the film concerns a widowed mother named Annie (Cate Blanchett) who is blessed with the ability to have psychic visions. When Annie is asked to use her powers to investigate the murder of a rich society girl (Katie Holmes) who was engaged to a local high school principal (Greg Kinnear), she finds her "gift" is as destructive as it is helpful. Many of the townspeople have mixed regard for Annie's

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Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Tom Epperson, Billy Bob Thornton

Nov 6, 2001

$11.2M

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All Critics (139) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (67) | Rotten (51) | DVD (22)

There's really just one reason to see the Southern freak show that is Sam Raimi's The Gift, and fortunately it's the best reason: to watch the star of the piece.

January 19, 2001 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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A glorious textbook example of a gifted film maker's ability to transform a familiar genre and, thrillingly, to confound our expectations in the process.

January 19, 2001 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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Raimi's latest picture, The Gift, looks like an attempt to create a classier version of the kind of horror movie that established his reputation nearly two decades ago.

January 19, 2001
Seattle Times
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Uneven and conventional.

January 19, 2001 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday
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The movie has an impressive cast. Blanchett is a terrific actress who deserves better than this.

January 19, 2001 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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like going to the county fair and getting ripped off by the traveling sideshows

June 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

A superior horror movie for older teens.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Though "The Gift" is tonally uneven, it's still worth a watch if only for the mood and inherent dread present.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Who would have thought Sam Raimi could have made a film in which the dead are harmless, even helpful?

February 14, 2008 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Failing to deliver as a suspenser, The Gift relies heavily on its name cast, particularly Cate Blanchette, which elevates the old-fashioned yarn to a more serious patina.

July 5, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Un mediano intento de sorprendernos.

February 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Cinenganos
Cinenganos

Stilted, obvious, and cruel... No longer an absurdist of gore, Raimi is now a reveler in it.

January 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
Nick's Flick Picks

One of the strongest parts in question is the central performance of Cate Blanchett.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Comment (1)
TheMovieReport.com

...not too bad in a gothic whodunit kind of way

October 30, 2002 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Once the story chooses its path, a glance downward reveals the ruts worn by the many plot vehicles that have traveled this road before.

August 22, 2002 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

This is one of the best films about the supernatural that has come out in recent years, along with "The Others," and "The Sixth Sense.'

August 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Brimming with gentility, quiet sadness and weary perseverance, Blanchett's mesmerizing Annie brings to mind the sturdy, often lonely women Sissy Spacek created in movies like "Raggedy Man" and "Marie."

June 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Um filme previsível tanto em relação à sua trama quanto aos seus aspectos técnicos.

May 30, 2002
Cinema em Cena

In lesser hands, this film would have been pretty bad.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

Thoughtful and gripping without wallowing in dramatics, it marks another high point in Sam Raimi's strange, but increasingly accomplished film career.

October 24, 2001 Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium
Flipside Movie Emporium

While the Katie Holmes fans have a definite reason to see this movie, everyone else will be bored by a competent but unoriginal supernatural mystery.

September 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Radio Free Entertainment
Radio Free Entertainment

This whodunit had many contrivances and they all sapped strength from the film's already rather weak mystery story.

July 25, 2001 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

...If I was finally let down by the resolution of The Gift's central mystery, I felt lucky to have had Blanchett, Reeves, and, especially, Ribisi, as escorts.

July 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

It's a good story with unexpected and even almost shocking plot twists, and a whole film of very, very good performances.

June 15, 2001 Full Review

..a richly textured psychological occult tale of desolation and troubled lives in backwoods Georgia.

March 24, 2001 Full Review
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Audience Reviews for The Gift

A Supernatural Thriller with a convincing, natural performance by Cate Blanchett and a unique angle on a Murder investigation.

There is something of an emotional commitment brought to the storyline by the characters in this film, which really comes across well on screen. All in all it is a decent (greatly underrated) film, one that I have watched time and time again.
December 29, 2011
76Majikat

Super Reviewer

My second viewing of The Gift led me to realise how formulaic and structured the screenplay actually is. Yes it has some 'twists' and a guessing game as to who the killer is but there's no thrill in the chase. Jessica King is shown as a horrible woman who got what she deserved so there was no sympathy for her death which led me to not care about who killed her. An interesting watch but kind of a waste of time.
October 29, 2011
StarCrossedVoyager

Super Reviewer

Anytime Sam Raimi is mentioned in connection with the occult, the "Evil Dead" springs to mind. This however, is not quite the hilarious gore fest he'd produced earlier but a more character driven mystery.
Annie Wilson (Cate Blanchett) is recently widowed and now a struggling single mother. She has psychic abilities and it's in this that she tries to make ends meet by helping a few of the locals with her fortune telling abilities. Despite the skepticism of some of her neighbours and the local law enforcement she is asked to help in the investigation of a recent murder when all other leads come to nothing. But by becoming involved in the investigation, she puts herself and her children in danger with some people preferring that their secrets are left alone.
More similiar in structure to Raimi's
"A Simple Plan" with Billy Bob Thornton (who co-writes this) rather than his horrors or blockbusters like "Spiderman". It's a well crafted supernatural thriller that keeps the tension high and the mystery elusive long enough to hold your interest. It also helps to have an impressive cast, which this certainly has. Surprisingly though, it's not the Oscar winning/nominated actors like Blanchett, Hilary Swank or Greg Kinnear or even the excellent supporting actors like Gary Cole, J.K. Simmons or Giovanni Ribisi that shine in this film but it's Keanu Reeves who steals the show in this impressive ensemble. He is entirely convincing as a menacing and abusive wife-beating redneck husband. Complete with skip-hat and beard. It's probably his best performance to date and he should definately play more "bad" characters in future.
A tightly constructed little who-done-it? and worth checking out, even if it's just for Reeves' excellent acting.
June 14, 2010
MrMarakai

Super Reviewer

Really odd and nothing like Sam Raimi's usual style, but it's not terrible by any means. Actually, you can almost take the psychic aspect seriously. The performances were all pretty decent, especially Cate Blanchett and Giovanni Ribisi. While it's not a perticularly well crafted script, it is an interesting mystery.
January 10, 2010
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