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The Girl With All the Gifts (2017)



Critic Consensus: 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 (92) | Top Critics (12)

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

March 1, 2017 | Full Review…

Might be the most inadvertently appropriate analog to life in 2017's increasingly unstable world.

February 25, 2017 | Full Review…
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.

February 24, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A wicked, gory and even occasionally funny take on George A. Romero.

February 24, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's all fairly interesting if less than captivating, driven mostly by Nanua's bright performance.

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

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.

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

Audience Reviews for The Girl With All the Gifts

In a day and age where Hollywood has become so overbearing when it gets hold of an idea (see anything super hero for example), zombies have taken a slight back seat in recent years. It's not that they exhausted the genre by any means, but finding new and inventive ways to tell the same tried and true story can be difficult. That's why it's nice to see The Girl with All the Gifts buck the traditional zombie trend and focus on more thought-provoking questions than mindless killing and all-out survival by giving us a character who teeters on the edge of both afflicted and human. I wouldn't say Melanie, played by Sennia Nanua, is a heightened human reaping the benefits of a super-strength virus. It's more along the lines of living with what you've been given. So this is a tragedy. While the acting is fairly substantial with Glenn Close, Gemma Arteton and Paddy Considine lending their expertise, the script never reaches beyond the dialogue to really offer us a solution to the problem. This film felt nearly identical to The Last of Us video game. For anyone who has played that A+ game, this movie might feel a little light when compared. It's nice to see someone give a new take on the zombie genre, but we don't stray far enough from the usual to really have a standout film.

Lane Zieben
Lane Zieben

Super Reviewer


Colm McCarthy breathes fresh new life into the post-apocalyptic zombie genre.

Sean Thomas
Sean Thomas

Super Reviewer

An interesting twist here reveals yet another path for the heavily traveled zombie trope worth a gamble. And it happens in England too.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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