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The Gift is wickedly smart and playfully subversive, challenging the audience's expectations while leaving them leaning on the edges of their seats. Read critic reviews

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When married couple Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) unexpectedly encounter Gordo (Joel Edgerton), an acquaintance from Simon's past, little do they know that their perfect lives will be thrown into a terrifying tailspin. At first, Simon doesn't recognize Gordo, but after a troubling series of uninvited encounters and mysterious gifts, a horrifying secret emerges. As Robyn learns what really happened between Simon and Gordo, she begins to question how well she knows her spouse.

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  • The violence is always emotional and psychological, not bloody and physical, which makes The Gift that much more disconcerting.

    August 15, 2019 | Full Review…
  • There are promising moments here, but The Gift is too on-the-nose to convince as a fully formed feature. A commendable effort, nonetheless.

    June 14, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The Gift is a tense, unsettling and expertly crafted psychological thriller that keeps the audience consistently on edge. [Full review in Japanese]

    December 19, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It concludes with one of the most repugnant turns this side of a '60s-era exploitation "roughie," a "twist" so vile it pretty much cancels out the considerable skill and accomplishment of what's preceded it.

    May 27, 2016 | Full Review…
  • It's a concept that's more often the basis of arrested development comedies about late bloomers who finally come into their own, but there's nothing funny about how the past looms over the adults that Gordo and Simon have become.

    November 10, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Edgerton's talent as an actor has been evident for a while, but The Gift announces him as a genuine triple threat.

    August 26, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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  • Jan 29, 2018
    While you gotta appreciate this psychological thriller playing with expectations about how such stories usually play out, it missed to take a few punches early on. The film stays fairly entertaining and is overall well done, but before the surprisingly evil ending there just isn't all that much getting your blood pumping. It doesn't help that when you think about the title, the twist is already right there in front of you.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 19, 2017
    A highly enjoyable and creepy thriller. Certainly makes you question as to who is the real villain here! A uniquely and we'll executed plot.
    Film C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 29, 2016
    Wow, this movie really suprised me. Such a smart thriller with interesting twists. Well acted and well directed. A must see.
    Marin ? Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2016
    Engaging and smartly written. The gift offers suspense and mystery to entertain all who watch it.
    Kameron W Super Reviewer

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