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Gifted (2017)



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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Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy - his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) - in a coastal town in Florida. Frank's plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old's mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank's formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary. Octavia Spencer plays Roberta, Frank and Mary's landlady and best friend. Jenny Slate is Mary's teacher, Bonnie, a young woman whose concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well

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Critic Reviews for Gifted

All Critics (167) | Top Critics (27)

As scripted, Evelyn is too vicious to be persuasive, and Flynn undercuts her morally by stressing her lust for recognition.

April 13, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A formulaic and manipulative tearjerker that is really nothing more than a woman's picture from a man's point of view.

April 12, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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"Gifted" is an engaging comedy-drama that avoids becoming too much of a tearjerker.

April 11, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The film's heroine is extraordinarily gifted. The film itself, not so much.

April 10, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The question at the movie's heart is: What is best for Mary? The answer Gifted chooses is predictable, but that doesn't stop the movie from messing with your tear ducts.

April 7, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Unfortunately, Gifted's cutesy classroom scenes are not quite up to the task of digging into how Mary fits in with her classmates, and the film quickly gives way to increasingly caricatured depictions ...

April 7, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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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

Bradley J
Bradley J

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McKenna Grace out acts many in this cast.

Kameron Woodall
Kameron Woodall

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