Seven Pounds

Critics Consensus

Grim and morose, Seven Pounds is also undone by an illogical plot.

26%

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Total Count: 191

75%

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User Ratings: 636,451
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Ben Thomas, an IRS agent with a fateful secret, embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers.

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Cast

Will Smith
as Ben Thomas
Rosario Dawson
as Emily Posa
Woody Harrelson
as Ezra Turner
Michael Ealy
as Ben's brother
Elpidia Carrillo
as Connie Tepos
Robinne Lee
as Sarah Jenson
Joe Nunez
as Larry
Tim Kelleher
as Stewart
Gina Hecht
as Dr. Briar
Andy Milder
as George's doctor
Judyann Elder
as Holly Apelgren
Joseph A. Nuñez
as Larry/Hotel Owner
Madison Pettis
as Connie's daughter
Ivan Angulo
as Connie's son
Octavia Spencer
as Kate, home health care nurse
Cynthia Rube
as Assisted Living Nurse
Jack Yang
as Apogee engineer
Louisa Kendrick
as Dan's wife
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  • Dec 20, 2018
    Regardless of the nature of the writing this film makes you feel something, that to me is important. Rosario was amazing in her role, Will was okay too. I think this film being told from the 7 people's point of view would have made it more impactful, but it was still great.
    Super Reviewer
  • Oct 25, 2012
    Excellent staging and an interesting plot presentation. Well shot and well acted but lacking anything truly fantastic to merit a higher score.
    Jason 123 D Super Reviewer
  • Aug 05, 2012
    A very underrated drama with great performances and an extremely serious plot. It's definitely not perfect though: Woody Harrelson's character should have had more screen time with Will Smith and I felt that the way the film was presented made it harder for me to emotionally care for the characters. For majority of the film, we have no idea why Will Smith is going around and helping all of these people, for seemingly no reason (of course until the big revelation at the end). I think the ending is so perfect, Will Smith's character really capitalizes on his goal. The three main performances are all really good, which includes Will Smith, Rosario Dawson, and Woody Harrelson. I noticed the film had the same sort of "real" feeling as The Pursuit of Happyness (which was helmed by the same guy), which is the most natural type of style for a drama. Even with it's flaws, Seven Pounds kept me completely entranced in the plot from beginning to end.
    Kevin M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 02, 2012
    Is "Seven Pounds" as bad as all the critics said? Almost. The critics savaged this film when it came out, going a bit overboard, as they are wont to do. Perhaps in their puny subconscious minds Will Smith was due for some backlash, just as Halle Berry was when "Catwoman" came out. "Seven Pounds" is not so much bad as under-developed. There is interesting subject matter, but first-time screenwriter Grant Nieporte appears not to have had any idea how to explore the ideas and develop a real story. What he did was basically just provide the outline for a story. The script has all the depth of something Kim Kardashian would write if she took a Creative Writing course. Without giving away the details and surprises, I'll simply say that a man responsible for a horrific tragedy (the character played by Smith) attempts a form of redemption by making extraordinary sacrifices for others. I won't give away what he does for them, but it's not what you think. This would be quite interesting to explore. How many stages of grief did the man go through? What difficulties has he had in figuring out a way to live again? How were his relationships impacted? What sorts of attempts did he make at healing? Which ones were more successful than others and why? And what counts as "success" in grieving anyway? How did he come up with the idea for the sacrifices he makes? What sorts of mixed feelings did he have about the sacrifices? What kind of complex emotions did the recipients of his generosity feel? There's the obvious gratitude. But surely a serious screenwriter would be more interested in the darker complexities of such situations. Nieporte had no interest in any of this. All he wanted to show was simple grief, simple generosity, and simple gratitude. He clearly is not an artist. At heart he's probably a greeting-card writer. Very simple sentiment. Italian director Gabriele Muccino, who first directed an American film in 2008 ("The Pursuit of Happyness," also starring Smith), seems to revel in the simplicity of the script. He directs in a mind-bogglingly pedestrian way, using one schmaltzy cliche after the next. The only real creativity is in the editing, which is at times intriguing. This film project could have gone somewhere. But unfortunately it never really got off the ground. Even a good cast (Smith is joined by Rosario Dawson and Woody Harrelson, among others) can't do much with it. There's just so much actors can do when the screenwriter and director are aiming resolutely for superficiality.
    William D Super Reviewer

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