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The Ultimate Gift Reviews

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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
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
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 17, 2007
| Original Score: 3/4
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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-

Baltimore Sun
March 10, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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.
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
March 9, 2007
It's worth considering regardless of your religious bent -- or whether you have any religious feeling at all.
| Original Score: 3/4
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
March 9, 2007
Ten-year-old best-supporting-actress Oscar nominee Abigail Breslin and 78-year-old James Garner easily steal this show.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Carolyn Arends
Christianity Today
March 9, 2007
Like sensible woolen socks in a ribbon-wrapped package, The Ultimate Gift may be good for you, but it's a little hard to get excited about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Orndorf
OhmyNews.com
March 8, 2007
I never found Ultimate Gift to be very pushy or distant, and while I might not subscribe to Stovall's teachings, I respect their intent, and this movie's efforts to embody them for the silver screen.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
March 8, 2007
the ultimate morality play sometimes diving into melodrama filled with over-acting, while also providing some real emotional moments that filmgoers should be willing to seek out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Leydon
Variety
March 8, 2007
It soft-pedals its religious elements -- discussions of faith and God are fleeting, almost subliminal -- without stinting on the celebration of wholesome family values.
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
March 8, 2007
The film communicates its message without belaboring its moral points or throwing in any overt religious dogma. Christ is mentioned only once and I couldn't tell from the story or the credits what the religious affiliation of the producers might be.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
March 8, 2007
The film's values are fairly well encoded into the story, such that it feels less like a sermon and more like a film with a good, if somewhat sappy, heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 8, 2007
Funny and moving, and several steps above the Hallmark Channel pabulum that Fox Faith has mostly rolled out up until now.
| Original Score: 3/5
Kam Williams
EURWeb
March 8, 2007
Perhaps predictable, sentimental and sappy, but who cares, when it also oh so effectively delivers the salient message that much is expected of those fortunate enough to have been born blessed with so much.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
March 8, 2007
...there's nothing new about the devices the film uses to tug at our heartstrings, but that doesn't make them any less effective.
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
March 7, 2007
Abigail Breslin matches her Oscar-nominated work in Little Miss Sunshine with another brilliant performance in The Ultimate Gift.
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
February 27, 2007
Despite a cop-out finale, there is much to rejoice in a young man's redemption.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 10, 2007
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