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The Ultimate Gift Reviews

November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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.
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March 17, 2007
Christian charity, in this movie, seems like a side-effect of capitalism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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-
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
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
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 9, 2007
The predictabilities of the story line might be forgivable if they had been rendered more entertainingly, but the overlong proceedings have been staged in an utterly pedestrian fashion.
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.
March 8, 2007
There's an anti-abortion message jammed into one scene with all the subtlety of an avalanche. Just in case you miss it, it's repeated in the credits too. Some gift, eh?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
March 8, 2007
Director Michael O. Sajbel too often succumbs to movie-of-the-week sentimentality and starchy pacing.
March 8, 2007
Funny and moving, and several steps above the Hallmark Channel pabulum that Fox Faith has mostly rolled out up until now.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
March 8, 2007
Well-meant, but impossibly obvious.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 7, 2007
It's The Pursuit of Happyness made from the ivory tower looking down, instead of from the street looking up.