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The Ultimate Gift Reviews

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
September 9, 2007
The Ultimate Gift will put you in a diabetic coma.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 22, 2007
This new film moves along smoothly until Grandpa's most preposterous mission - which needlessly drags out the movie -- takes Jason to a severely caricatured Ecuador.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
David Cornelius
August 21, 2007
It's Self-Help: The Movie, and it stinks to high heaven.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
April 17, 2007
I haven't even read the book, and I know it has to be better than the movie.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 30, 2007
A parabolic film about one selfish young man's spiritual transformation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 20, 2007
I think urban sophisticates can be people of faith who want to see movies, occasionally, that don't have the four-letter words, and I do embrace religion, but I think they have to be better than this.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
March 19, 2007
The film squeaks by on a combination of reliable old pros...and appealing newcomers...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Toddy Burton
Austin Chronicle
March 18, 2007
The result is a deep desire for those Hollywood execs to remember that Christian doesn't have to equal brain-dead.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
March 17, 2007
Veterans Garner and Brian Dennehy give convincing professional performances here, but Fuller is bland.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Boston Globe
March 17, 2007
Christian charity, in this movie, seems like a side-effect of capitalism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Erin Clements
Time Out
March 17, 2007
If you missed the money-isn't-everything message, an end-credits recap outlines the story's salient points -- if you'd known, you could've skipped the rest.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/6
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 15, 2007
[James] Garner is good, and so is Brian Dennehy as a crusty ranch owner; Abigail Breslin, playing a leukemia patient, demonstrates that she was not a one-note wonder in Little Miss Sunshine.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
March 15, 2007
Pretty much what one would expect: a sincere story of redemption delivered with all the low-key execution of one of those Hallmark-backed TV movies of the week.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
March 14, 2007
The Ultimate Gift is kind of like a feel-good Saw for churchgoers, minus the sadistic games of death.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Susan Granger
March 11, 2007
Wholesome and inspirational, it preaches a simplistic "prosperity gospel."
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
March 9, 2007
It is message filmmaking so blunt you might be tempted to root for the parasitic reprobate over the saintly old man, and that's just not right.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
March 9, 2007
If The Ultimate Gift really wanted to embrace a powerful Christian message, it would've made Jason's ordeal truly threatening and genuinely transformative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
March 9, 2007
If anything, the film's uplifting moral tone seems more in line with a Frank Capra flick than a cinematic sermon.
Pam Grady
March 9, 2007
It does telegraph its sentiments with all the subtlety of a greeting card.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
March 9, 2007
Reeking of self-righteousness and moral reprimand, The Ultimate Gift is a hairball of good-for-you filmmaking.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
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