The Girl With All the Gifts

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The Girl with All the Gifts grapples with thought-provoking questions without skimping on the scares -- and finds a few fresh wrinkles in the well-worn zombie horror genre along the way.



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The near future humanity has been all but destroyed by a mutated fungal disease that eradicates free will and turns its victims into flesh-eating "hungries". Only a small group of children seem immune to its effects. At an army base in rural England, this group of unique children are being studied, subjected to cruel experiments by biologist Dr. Caldwell. Despite having been infected with the zombie pathogen that has decimated the world, these children retain normal thoughts and emotions. And while still being subject to the craving for human flesh that marks the disease these second-generation "hungries" are able to think and feel making them a vital resource in the search for a cure. The children attend school lessons daily, guarded by the ever watchful Sergeant Parks. But one little girl, Melanie, stands out from the rest. Melanie is special. She excels in the classroom, is inquisitive, imaginative and loves her favourite teacher Miss Justineau. When the base falls, Melanie escapes along with Miss Justineau, Sergeant Parks and Dr. Caldwell. Against the backdrop of a blighted Britain, Melanie must discover what she is and ultimately decide both her own future and that of the human race.

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Gemma Arterton
as Helen Justineau
Paddy Considine
as Sgt. Eddie Parks
Glenn Close
as Dr. Caroline Caldwell
Sennia Nanua
as Melanie
Anamaria Marinca
as Dr. Selkirk
Fisayo Akinade
as Kieran Gallagher
Abigail Sams
as Classroom Kid
Amy Newey
as Feral Kid
Elizabeth Anne Fuller
as Classroom Kid
Eve Daly
as Classroom Kid
Richard Price
as Hungry - Tree Hungry
Daniel Eghan
as Soldier
Tessa Morris
as Rat Girl
Elise Reed
as Aarra - Feral Child
Ross Green
as Hungries
Amy Floyd
as Hungry
Zak Holland
as Hungry 1
Sean Evans
as Hungry
Macey Ward
as Feral Kid
Jim Macie
as Hungry
Alex Reed
as Hungree
Ita O'Brien
as Pram Lady Hungry
Tina Holland
as Hungry 2
Eli Lane
as Kenny
Ryan Isaac
as Classroom Kid
Ria Lopez
as Hungry
Jing Lang
as Zombie
Megan Lane
as Feral Child
Elizabeth-Anne Fuller
as Classroom Kid
Sean Garratt
as Soldier
Will Brooks
as Painted Boy
Joel Sheldon
as T-Shirt Boy
Rayn Khan
as Hero Hungry
Julie-Anne Evason
as Hospital Hungry
Elena Koneska
as Hospital Hungry
Alexandria Wright
as Tree Hungry
Gabriel McMullan
as Feral Child
Maisie Clayton
as Feral Child
Savannah Twaite
as Feral Child
Alicia I. Morris
as Feral Child
Jayden Hanley
as Classroom Kid
Nina Rundle
as Classroom Kid
Luke Jones
as Hungry
Callum Lloyd
as Classroom Kid
Dylan McMullan
as Feral Child
Ebru Anik
as Hungry
Shay Gutteridge
as Classroom Kid
Adele Wade
as Hungry
Ryan Green
as Hungry
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Critic Reviews for The Girl With All the Gifts

All Critics (121) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (104) | Rotten (17)

  • Like Melanie, The Girl With All the Gifts is neither dead nor alive but somewhere in between.

    Mar 1, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Might be the most inadvertently appropriate analog to life in 2017's increasingly unstable world.

    Feb 25, 2017 | Full Review…

    Dave White

    Top Critic
  • Just when you thought the zombie genre was out of ideas, along comes Colm McCarthy's smart and engaging The Girl with All the Gifts, a film with echoes of George A. Romero, Danny Boyle, and Robert Kirkman.

    Feb 24, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A wicked, gory and even occasionally funny take on George A. Romero.

    Feb 24, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It's all fairly interesting if less than captivating, driven mostly by Nanua's bright performance.

    Feb 24, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • It's a film for people who thought they never needed to sit through another zombie flick. It's also quite likely the strangest entry that will ever appear on Glenn Close's IMDB page.

    Feb 23, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Girl With All the Gifts

  • Mar 13, 2019
    Fresh take on the zombie genre with a new step in their evolution showing up. The premise is interesting and make for a wonderfully unpleasant and atmospheric beginning. The images of nature claiming back the cities are also great, players of "The Last of Us" will certainly appreciate those. Unfortunately there are some character developments in the last act that do not seem to fit to the earlier film. That doesn't ruin the ending but leaves you much less satisfied than the really good first half of the film.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2017
    If you want an example of Idiot Plot, there you are, a derivative zombie movie in which basically all characters must act like complete imbeciles otherwise there would be no movie; besides, it is full of the worst kind of exposition and ends like an almost glorification of "idiocracy."
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 19, 2017
    Before The Waking Dead came along, people thought the zombie subgenre was dead in the water. The zombie films for the most part just weren't able to capture the right tone and essence. So even though there's been a million of them and most of them are much of the same thing, I always appreciate the ones that bring something new and fresh to the genre. The Girl With All the Gifts does just that. The British post-apocalyptic film takes place after most of the world has been decimated to due to an unknown fungal disease, with only a few military bases left. The twist here is that on this military base is a group of second generation children who are infected with the disease but are under control of their senses for the most part. That is, when they aren't smelling human flesh. After several life threatening sequences, a few soldiers, a teacher, and one of those second generation children (named Melanie) embark on a trek to get to the next safe zone, with their base being overrun by zombies (or hungries as they call them). Melanie, a seemingly more intelligent and aware child, forms a special bond with the teacher, named Helen Justineau and played by Gemma Arterton. This is the one human connection that I think is worth caring about. Since you don't get much backstory on the soldiers, including one played well by Paddy Considine, you are almost forced into caring for the two. And that's the one thing I was constantly hoping we would get more of, character depth and backstory. It just becomes difficult to figure out who you're going to root for when you don't have much in way of their backstory to think about. With that said, I appreciated that this film involved a different approach to the zombie genre. Yes, there is the subplot involving someone looking for a cure (which is always something that comes up) but the more calculated approach to the pacing, and reserved display of gore, The Girl With All the Gifts feels like a fresh entry into the genre. Heck, have we ever had our lead character be an second generation infected child? Just by those standards this was something original. 7.1/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Aug 20, 2017
    An exceptional cast which you don't normally see in a low budget zombie movie. Close and Arterton are brilliant as the supporting antagonists and protagonist but as a zombie movie it really doesn't work for me.
    Film C Super Reviewer

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