The Gift Reviews

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 13, 2000
The makers of The Gift lay on the rustic nonsense awfully thick, peopling the tiny town of Brixton, Ga., with more 'colorful' characters than any town -- or movie -- can tolerate.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
January 19, 2001
It's not wise to build a story around a psychic. If you don't believe in this stuff, the story simply will not work, ever, anyhow, any way, any time, any place.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rob Gonsalves
February 14, 2008
Who would have thought Sam Raimi could have made a film in which the dead are harmless, even helpful?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 7, 2001
It just feels like no one really even tried on this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 22, 2002
Once the story chooses its path, a glance downward reveals the ruts worn by the many plot vehicles that have traveled this road before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
Stilted, obvious, and cruel... No longer an absurdist of gore, Raimi is now a reveler in it.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Bob Bloom
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rob Blackwelder
January 18, 2001
A disappointingly predictable psychic whodunit with a script so pedestrian it feels like an albatross around the necks of its marquee pedigree players.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 18, 2001
A middling entry for Raimi that is, disappointingly, a conventional whodunit coupled with supernatural power.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 18, 2001
Like getting a Crackerjacks prize in a Tiffany box.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 25, 2001
This whodunit had many contrivances and they all sapped strength from the film's already rather weak mystery story.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
May 30, 2002
Um filme previsível tanto em relação à sua trama quanto aos seus aspectos técnicos.
| Original Score: 2/5
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 2/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
January 18, 2001
You can't escape the feeling that everyone involved deserved something better.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 19, 2001
A rather pedestrian whodunit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
January 19, 2001
Unfortunately, Raimi and Thornton -- who collaborated as director and star on the genuinely creepy A Simple Plan -- have only enough material this time to sustain half a movie.
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John Anderson
January 19, 2001
Uneven and conventional.
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
June 20, 2012
like going to the county fair and getting ripped off by the traveling sideshows
Full Review | Original Score: D
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
December 14, 2000
[Raimi throws] half of a good movie, and Blanchett's superb performance, to the wolves of consumerism.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
February 7, 2001
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
February 7, 2001
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
Susan Granger
January 1, 2000
Paul Clinton (
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
Nate Yapp
August 12, 2002
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
April 13, 2001
Mark Freeman
Critical Eye
July 16, 2001
February 7, 2001
Alexander Walker
This is London
March 2, 2001
Marjorie Baumgarten
Anchorage Press
June 12, 2001
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 26, 2002
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
December 16, 2002
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Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
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