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The Ultimate Gift Reviews

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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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
March 9, 2007
... hardly great, but tries so hard to be good that it's probably due a break.
Full Review | Original Score: 82/100
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
March 9, 2007
The Ultimate Gift is less a theatrical feature than a Sunday night made-for-TV movie brought to you by Hallmark. That sounds crueler than it is: The movie, directed by Michael O. Sajbel, has plenty of charm.
| Original Score: 2/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
March 7, 2007
The ultimate gift to the bored audience comes when the end credits signify salvation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
March 6, 2007
You have to wonder why anyone might be interested in this ridiculously contrived and sappy story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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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.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
February 20, 2007
The Ultimate Gift is so resolutely 'good for you' that watching it is a lot like eating Brussels sprouts.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
March 9, 2007
Relentlessly sappy and predictable...this may go over well as a public service announcement but as a roughly clocked two-hour movie it feels both tepid and tedious.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
David Cornelius
DVDTalk.com
August 21, 2007
It's Self-Help: The Movie, and it stinks to high heaven.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
February 6, 2007
Often meanders into Hallmark territory.
| Original Score: 3/5
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com
March 11, 2007
Wholesome and inspirational, it preaches a simplistic "prosperity gospel."
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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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John Anderson
Newsday
March 8, 2007
Well-meant, but impossibly obvious.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
March 9, 2007
Has a mercifully light hand in selling its Christian-values themes, but its plodding story about a spoiled young scion who must complete 12 tasks assigned him by his late grandfather is still a slog.
| Original Score: 2/4
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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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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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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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
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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.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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