Critic Consensus: Gifted isn't quite as bright as its pint-sized protagonist, but a charming cast wrings respectably engaging drama out of a fairly predictable premise.
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Critic Reviews for Gifted
It makes a compelling case for families, especially those that we consciously build, filling in the blanks that fate or happenstance have left behind. And it succeeds thanks to its very gifted young star.
As scripted, Evelyn is too vicious to be persuasive, and Flynn undercuts her morally by stressing her lust for recognition.
Sure, it's a simple, straightforward film, but sometimes that's all you need as long as its heart is true.
A formulaic and manipulative tearjerker that is really nothing more than a woman's picture from a man's point of view.
"Gifted" is an engaging comedy-drama that avoids becoming too much of a tearjerker.
Audience Reviews for Gifted
Predictable and yet competently brought to the screen account of what it might be like raising a genius-to-be. While everyone does their job it's the little Einstein, Mckenna Grace, that keeps our focus from wandering.
Gifted is a charming little bauble of a movie. Chris Evans turns in a nicely different performance here, apart from his Captain America days. McKenna Grace absolutely knocks it away with a commanding performance sure to make her known. What Gifted does so well is by balancing its drama out as to not get too sentimental but instead pluck lightly at the heartstrings with its predictable courtroom tension. There isn't much to Gifted but its nicely directed by Marc Webb and warm and moving when it needs to be and wisely avoids sentimentality. Rating: 74
McKenna Grace out acts many in this cast.
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