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The Gift Reviews

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March 22, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 4, 2001
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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.
January 19, 2001
Uneven and conventional.
January 19, 2001
The movie has an impressive cast. Blanchett is a terrific actress who deserves better than this.
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.
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.
January 19, 2001
A modest entertainment.
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
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.
January 19, 2001
A solidly crafted, suspensefully written, powerfully acted little juggernaut.
January 19, 2001
The smartest and scariest supernatural thriller since The Sixth Sense.
January 19, 2001
Even if you've figured out where The Gift is headed, the actors keep you watching closely.
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
January 19, 2001
Originality is clearly not a strong point with this script.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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.
January 19, 2001
A rather pedestrian whodunit.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 18, 2001
You can't escape the feeling that everyone involved deserved something better.
January 18, 2001
An acceptably suspenseful, watchable Southern Gothic whodunit.
Read More | Original Score: 78/100
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
January 18, 2001
Within its limits, it has rock-solid craftsmanship and a dream cast that may be better than the material.
January 18, 2001
[Blanchett's] grounded intelligence and subtle craft holds the movie together even at its most overheated.
Read More | Original Score: B
January 17, 2001
A creepily effective button-pusher.
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.
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
December 18, 2000
Raimi eschews trendy, over-emphatic effects in favor of a straightforward approach that makes for a solid tale well told.
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: B