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  • Summary: Ben Thomas is an IRS agent with a fateful secret who embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers. (Sony Pictures)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 33
  2. Negative: 12 out of 33
  1. A movie that plays better if you know nothing about it going in.
  2. Gripping but gap-filled Seven Pounds will have half your brain asking "How could this be?" and the other half saying, "Shut up and go along for the ride!" Listen to the latter voice.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Mendelson
    Seven Pounds is the very definition of a 'noble failure.'
  4. There's a head-pounding, gob-smacking literalness to this flick, extending from the title right through to the recurring imagery.
  5. Reviewed by: Ian Freer
    A collage of strong scenes, dull bits, good filmmaking and a dissatisfying emotional payoff. A laudable attempt to tackle heavyweight subject-matter that ends up just being heavy weather.
  6. Reviewed by: Perry Seibert
    An insult to the intelligence of most moviegoers.
  7. The most transcendently, eye-poppingly, call-your-friend-ranting-in-the-middle-of-the-night-just-to-go-over-it-one-more-time crazily awful motion pictures ever made.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 75 out of 110
  2. Negative: 30 out of 110
  1. Sep 24, 2012
    A lot of people being very harsh on the film. I really enjoyed it... I guess people are within their rights to slate things they don't enjoy, but I'm not 100% sure why critics are so harsh. It might not be an overly plausible storyline but it's still a well made film in my view Expand
  2. Oct 5, 2012
    I cried myself to sleep after watching this film, A real masterpiece. This is definately one of Will Smith's better films, Possibly even his best. Definately up there with the likes of I-Robot anyway. Expand
  3. Mar 4, 2011
    well i would like to have as much of inteligence as you guys have. all of those who said it was way too predictable. Will Smith was awesome in this movie as well as Woody Harrelson and Rosario is adorable! It was certainly better than the Changeling and almost as good as the Green Mile. There are not many movies i am willing to see more times but i have seen this one three times already! Expand
  4. Jun 10, 2011
    Engrossing tale of redemption which works well IF you don't read the plot spoilers. Half the appeal is trying to figure out Ben's (Smith's) purposes. If you know the before you go in it's akin to knowing the murderer in a whodunit. Experience the movie how it's meant to be and you'll enjoy it. Expand
  5. Nov 5, 2010
    Well, I'll keep it brief as even thinking about this movie makes me depressed. The whole story was pretty far-fetched and it was just too depressing. Although it is a dark film I think that making every scene as depressing as the last was just too much for any normal person to bear. Ben Thomas is a **** protagonist as he is basically a douche. The writers could have made him a really good character but in the end they just made him hateful and bitter, meaning that we don't care about his problems. I understand that he has to be depressing to a certain level but this was unbearable. The 4 that I gave was for Will Smith's acting and an almost convincing death scene. ----By the way, the whole box jellyfish thing was stupid. It was put in the film because he thought they were beautiful as a child. Not the best of references. Why not use a shotgun or jump of a cliff? His house was near the sea! Why not take a plunge instead of using the most ridiculous means of suicide in movie history? Expand
  6. Jun 24, 2013
    This has to be the worst Oscar-baiting in history. A good premise destroyed by awful writing, acting all over the place, and very boring. It's opening is good on keeping us hooked what happened prior to it, then the mystery thrown out the window thanks to a lot of exposition and overuse of plot points, which becomes very predictable. Other films like Fight Club, The Illusionist, The Prestige, The Machinist, Pan's Labyrinth and Michael Clayton, used the same type storytelling where the first couple of minutes leading to flashing back to what happened prior Its message is so unrealistic in the end and doesn't have good medical knowledge which you can tell they pulled out of their butts. Expand
  7. Jan 19, 2011
    This movie starts with a suicide, then slowly tells the story of what happened leading up to that. If that's your sort of story, enjoy. If you're depressed or you want to avoid getting depressed, avoid this movie.

    I can't help but wonder how many people actually committed suicide after watching this movie.

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