The Gift Reviews

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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 26, 2002
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Globe and Mail
March 22, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 4, 2001
| Original Score: 4/5
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Ebert & Roeper
February 7, 2001
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 19, 2001
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.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 19, 2001
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
January 19, 2001
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.
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John Anderson
Newsday
January 19, 2001
Uneven and conventional.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
January 19, 2001
The movie has an impressive cast. Blanchett is a terrific actress who deserves better than this.
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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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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 19, 2001
At its best The Gift evokes some of the creepy chills of To Kill a Mockingbird. And at its heart, there's Blanchett, an actress whose instincts are unerring, and dead-on.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 19, 2001
A modest entertainment.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 19, 2001
Logic is mocked, plot strands capriciously abandoned. Actors chew upholstery, and the heroine has so many 'Don't open that door, lady!' moments that the movie starts to play like an unintended parody of overblown hokum.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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January 19, 2001
Raimi's skillful direction, the way he positions the camera, and his brilliant pacing keep things jumping almost until the final frame.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 19, 2001
A solidly crafted, suspensefully written, powerfully acted little juggernaut.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 19, 2001
The smartest and scariest supernatural thriller since The Sixth Sense.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 19, 2001
Even if you've figured out where The Gift is headed, the actors keep you watching closely.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 19, 2001
The movie is ingenious in its plotting, colorful in its characters, taut in its direction and fortunate in possessing Cate Blanchett.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Curt Fields
Washington Post
January 19, 2001
Originality is clearly not a strong point with this script.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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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.
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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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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
January 18, 2001
You can't escape the feeling that everyone involved deserved something better.
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Cody Clark
Mr. Showbiz
January 18, 2001
An acceptably suspenseful, watchable Southern Gothic whodunit.
| Original Score: 78/100
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 18, 2001
An example of how superior craftsmanship can transform a ho-hum genre entry into a sporadically gripping thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 18, 2001
Within its limits, it has rock-solid craftsmanship and a dream cast that may be better than the material.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 18, 2001
[Blanchett's] grounded intelligence and subtle craft holds the movie together even at its most overheated.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 17, 2001
A creepily effective button-pusher.
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Ernest Hardy
Film.com
December 21, 2000
The scary-movie score and taut editing give the audience a lot of popcorn thrills, but the movie resonates at all because of the deeper, more moving concerns at its core.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
December 19, 2000
Characters lean too heavily toward the Southern grotesque, and the direction the plot is heading is more predictable than it should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
December 18, 2000
Raimi eschews trendy, over-emphatic effects in favor of a straightforward approach that makes for a solid tale well told.
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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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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
December 12, 2000
It's got the pleasing proportions of a stocking stuffed with agreeable little treats in the absence of an exciting big surprise.
| Original Score: B