The Gift (2000)



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

Annie, a young recently widowed mother of three, lives in Brixton, Georgia and supports herself by giving psychic readings. The narrow-minded townspeople shun her for her gift of psychic vision. When Valerie drops in for a reading, Annie advises her to leave her abusive husband. Soon, Annie finds herself in danger as the body of a woman is found and investigators turn to her for help. Slowly, the dark secrets of this rural southern town are exposed and Annie's 'gift' becomes her only hope of … More

Rating: R (for violence, language, and sexuality/nudity)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Billy Bob Thornton, Tom Epperson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 6, 2001
Box Office: $11.2M
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as Annie Wilson

as Donnie Barksdale

as Jessica King

as Buddy Cole

as Wayne Collins

as Valerie Barksdale

as Gerald Weems

as Annie's Grandmother

as Duncan

as Sheriff Pearl Johnso...

as Kenneth King

as Albert Hawkins

as Mike Wilson

as Miller Wilson

as Ben Wilson
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Critic Reviews for The Gift

All Critics (139) | Top Critics (33)

like going to the county fair and getting ripped off by the traveling sideshows

Full Review… | June 20, 2012
Old School Reviews

A superior horror movie for older teens.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

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

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review… | February 14, 2008

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.

Full Review… | July 5, 2006

Un mediano intento de sorprendernos.

Full Review… | February 20, 2005

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.

Lady D'arbanville

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.

Sophie Burgess

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.

Mark Walker

Super Reviewer

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