• PG, 1 hr. 57 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Michael O. Sajbel
    In Theaters:
    Oct 20, 2006 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 21, 2007
  • Fox Faith

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The Ultimate Gift Reviews

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

The Ultimate Gift will put you in a diabetic coma.

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 1.5/5

September 9, 2007
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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This new film moves along smoothly until Grandpa's most preposterous mission - which needlessly drags out the movie -- takes Jason to a severely caricatured Ecuador.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

August 22, 2007
David Cornelius
DVDTalk.com

It's Self-Help: The Movie, and it stinks to high heaven.

Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com | Original Score: 1/5

August 21, 2007
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

I haven't even read the book, and I know it has to be better than the movie.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

April 17, 2007
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A parabolic film about one selfish young man's spiritual transformation.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 3/5

March 30, 2007
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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I think urban sophisticates can be people of faith who want to see movies, occasionally, that don't have the four-letter words, and I do embrace religion, but I think they have to be better than this.

March 20, 2007
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

The film squeaks by on a combination of reliable old pros...and appealing newcomers...

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

March 19, 2007
Toddy Burton
Austin Chronicle

The result is a deep desire for those Hollywood execs to remember that Christian doesn't have to equal brain-dead.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 1/5

March 18, 2007
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine

Veterans Garner and Brian Dennehy give convincing professional performances here, but Fuller is bland.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 17, 2007

Boston Globe
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Christian charity, in this movie, seems like a side-effect of capitalism.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

March 17, 2007
Erin Clements
Time Out New York
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If you missed the money-isn't-everything message, an end-credits recap outlines the story's salient points -- if you'd known, you could've skipped the rest.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 1/6

March 17, 2007
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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[James] Garner is good, and so is Brian Dennehy as a crusty ranch owner; Abigail Breslin, playing a leukemia patient, demonstrates that she was not a one-note wonder in Little Miss Sunshine.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B-

March 15, 2007
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Pretty much what one would expect: a sincere story of redemption delivered with all the low-key execution of one of those Hallmark-backed TV movies of the week.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 15, 2007
Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
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The Ultimate Gift is kind of like a feel-good Saw for churchgoers, minus the sadistic games of death.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

March 14, 2007
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com

Wholesome and inspirational, it preaches a simplistic "prosperity gospel."

Full Review Source: www.susangranger.com | Original Score: 5/10

March 11, 2007
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It is message filmmaking so blunt you might be tempted to root for the parasitic reprobate over the saintly old man, and that's just not right.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2/4

March 9, 2007
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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If The Ultimate Gift really wanted to embrace a powerful Christian message, it would've made Jason's ordeal truly threatening and genuinely transformative.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 9, 2007
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

If anything, the film's uplifting moral tone seems more in line with a Frank Capra flick than a cinematic sermon.

Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

March 9, 2007
Pam Grady
Reel.com

It does telegraph its sentiments with all the subtlety of a greeting card.

| Original Score: 2/4

March 9, 2007
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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Reeking of self-righteousness and moral reprimand, The Ultimate Gift is a hairball of good-for-you filmmaking.

| Original Score: 1.5/5

March 9, 2007
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