• PG-13, 2 hr. 3 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:    Gabriele Muccino
  • In Theaters:    Dec 19, 2008 Wide
  • On DVD:    Mar 31, 2009
  • Sony Pictures

Seven Pounds Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
December 18, 2008

The only person you'll want to cry for is yourself, for having been fooled into sitting through the whole thing.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
December 19, 2008

Every now and then an ambitious film comes along that turns out to be a complete misfire.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 19, 2008

...a dumb movie put together by people who think they're a lot smarter than their prospective audience.

Full Review | Original Score: 80/100
James Berardinelli
Top Critic
December 19, 2008

On an emotional level, one could decree that the movie is satisfying. On an intellectual level, it's disappointingly shallow.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nell Minow
December 18, 2008

Its decision to portray behavior that is at best morally compromised as an idealized sacrifice is a poor choice as an ethical matter and as a narrative matter.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Alonso Duralde
December 16, 2008

Director Gabriele Muccino seems to think he's in Ingmar Bergman territory, but he's actually made the longest, most dour episode of My Name is Earl imaginable.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic
December 19, 2008

Seven Pounds has a heart as big as all outdoors. Unfortunately it's made out of high-fructose bull

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic
December 19, 2008

It takes the soggy cake for multiple layers of sentimentality topped by indigestible grandiosity.

John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
December 19, 2008

When this lump of coal isn't being schmaltzy and falsely mysterious, it's being harsh.

Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
December 18, 2008

But even without the head-shaker ending, the movie would have been a failure due to Smith's lackadaisical performance.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
Anders Wotzke
July 30, 2009

Takes immense pleasure in letting its audience in on nothing.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
December 24, 2008

Will Smith has played an alcoholic superhero, a mystical caddie and a fighter pilot on a mission to save the planet from aliens, but Ben Thomas might just be the most unbelievable role of them all.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 26, 2009

The creepiest version yet of the Magical Negro routine

Clay Cane
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+
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic
December 19, 2008

The film closes on a meeting between two characters that's now wayyyy high on my list of weirdest moments in cinema. It is, I think, supposed to be touching.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Edward Douglas
December 20, 2008

The results look nice, but there's little way to get past its intriguing but impenetrable (and unmarketable) premise.

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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
Ben Kenisberg
Time Out Sydney
January 8, 2009

Even by the standards of gotcha flicks, Seven Pounds seems especially somnolent and pretentious.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
Chris Barsanti
December 22, 2008

If there were a way to do a secular passion play, this would be it.

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