Reviews

Apr 26, 2019
Not only is the idea so far out to be only fiction, it is so sadly executed that you can be pardoned for thinking Will Smith has remade Hancock, with less booze, more heart but as many powers and apparently as much grief.
Sep 12, 2017
... the ending just raised another question: what the hell was that?
Nov 18, 2011
Jan 16, 2009
A collage of strong scenes, dull bits, good filmmaking and a dissatisfying emotional payoff. A laudable attempt to tackle heavyweight subject-matter that ends up just being heavy weather.
Jan 16, 2009
It's not what you'd call any good, but Claude Lelouch fans, say, might relish its grandiose romantic gestures in the face of all known logic.
Jan 16, 2009
Seven Pounds is a profoundly irritating mystery about a profoundly silly man.
Jan 16, 2009
A supremely annoying film.
Jan 16, 2009
Seven Pounds compounds the schmaltz in a tale of goody-goody benefaction and glutinous redemption, whose plot the distributors mercifully injunct us from revealing.
Jan 16, 2009
Soppy romance and excruciating piety cling to the film like bindweed, summoning the ghost of sobfest Pay It Forward, with the divine parallels of self-sacrifice taken to extremes of righteous absurdity.
Jan 16, 2009
This preposterous, patience-draining, ponderous, Pay It Forward-style nonsense, from Gabriele Muccino, the director of The Pursuit Of Happyness, basically amounts to a big pile of backslapping on behalf of the ever-watchable Smith.
Jan 9, 2009
There is indeed a secret, but it is not overly challenging to work out what's going on in this annoying film.
Jan 8, 2009
The film's most abiding mystery lies in the question of why it ever got made.
Dec 22, 2008
I think it's just kind of average but Rosario Dawson is great and worthy of some type of recognition throughout this award show season.
Dec 22, 2008
That big twist at the end... if you go back and analyze it -- I'm not sure it holds up, but I don't think it really matters all that much.
Dec 21, 2008
Maudlin, incredibly self-important and ultimately delivering a denouement that's head-scratching, nonetheless this picture is so well made, and so beautifully acted by Will Smith, that hating it for its numerous flaws proves to be surprisingly difficult.
Dec 20, 2008
The real mystery is why such a maudlin screenplay made it to the big screen in the first place and what made Smith and Muccino think they could turn it into anything more than somber melodrama.
Dec 19, 2008
As high concepts go, Seven Pounds is distasteful in the extreme.
Dec 19, 2008
It's a lovely performance [by Dawson], in part because her character throws every charm she's got at the one man who seems doomed to deflect it.
Dec 19, 2008
It takes the soggy cake for multiple layers of sentimentality topped by indigestible grandiosity.
Dec 19, 2008
You will either be frustrated with its asymmetrical and manipulative storytelling or be captivated by scattered clues that ultimately lead to some kind of resolution.