Seven Pounds Reviews

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Nicholas Barber
Independent on Sunday
March 13, 2015
I've rarely seen a film so sure of its own seriousness and profundity.
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
October 21, 2014
I've never seen such a bad film so well made.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
An overwrought, improbable drama that's as frustrating as it is morbid.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
October 31, 2010
Proof that no black actor, regardless of acclaim or popularity, can ever truly transcend the Mythical Black Man motif. Milquetoast dweebishness robs Will Smith of his natural forcefulness, and "Seven Pounds" has easily the worst ending of the last decade.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Mark Jenkins
NPR.org
July 6, 2010
Reactions to the movie will largely depend on whether or not viewers decide this time that the divine Mr. Smith has overreached. I say he has -- but I can't tell you why.
Luis Martinez
Cinenganos
March 11, 2010
El ritmo de la cinta es algo lento en un inicio pero después mejora, aunque hay que decirlo, se siente la mano manipuladora del director que parece haber estado más concentrado en pensar si el público se sentiría conmovido que en hacer un filme memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Pete Hammond
Hollywood.com
September 8, 2009
Seven Pounds may be the most spiritual picture of the holiday season; this story of redemption is a gift for moviegoers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
August 30, 2009
The ending will divide viewers. Some will shed tears, others will be outraged. It's a bold artistic choice, but one of questionable morality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 26, 2009
The creepiest version yet of the Magical Negro routine
Anders Wotzke
Moviedex
July 30, 2009
Takes immense pleasure in letting its audience in on nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Clay Cane
BET.com
June 10, 2009
The good, Will Smith is a brilliant actor. The bad, Seven Pounds isn't nearly as brilliant as Will Smith.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Betsy Sherman
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Will Smith's previous film with director Gabriele Muccino, The Pursuit of Happyness, was a tale well told. Their new one is a gimmicky tale annoyingly told.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
March 10, 2009
A clumsily melodramatic movie that tells us too much too soon and forces us to sit through endless morose vacuousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 63/100
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
March 4, 2009
Más allá de lo caprichoso de la historia, e incluso de lo fragmentario del relato -a lo 21 Gramos- es innegable la capacidad que exhibe Muccino para atrapar la atención del espectador.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 27, 2009
Not a bad tearjerker for the holiday season and as Smith's in it, it'll probably make a mint.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 25, 2009
...packs one hell of an emotional punch as it approaches its affecting and flat-out devastating conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly
February 1, 2009
Seven Pounds is an unexpected holiday powerhouse. Will Smith shakes off his familiar, comfortable persona, and cuts to the unsettled heart of humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
January 31, 2009
A contrived, thrill-less thriller that's more concerned about its inane gimmicks than about keeping you truly riveted, engrossed or enlightened.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/10
Ian Freer
Empire Magazine
January 16, 2009
A collage of strong scenes, dull bits, good filmmaking and a dissatisfying emotional payoff. A laudable attempt to tackle heavyweight subject-matter that ends up just being heavy weather.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
January 16, 2009
It's not what you'd call any good, but Claude Lelouch fans, say, might relish its grandiose romantic gestures in the face of all known logic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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