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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)
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  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: 76 out of 112
  2. Negative: 31 out of 112
  1. RonnW.
    Dec 21, 2008
    An intense drama that moves you to the core. A lesson in humanity that runs at the deepest levels of empathy, altruism, and sacrifice. A film that will uplift you and encourage goodness. It will undoubtedly make you think how you can help others and impact them in such a profound and positive way. Expand
  2. KurtisS.
    Jan 10, 2009
    This movie was excellent!!! The story line was intriguing and plot was phenomenal. I enjoying making attempts to solve the ending and purpose of a film before it is over, but I had noway of knowing the ending in this movie. However, when it was finally revealed I was blown away. Many of the reviews given concerning this movie are way off in my opinion. If you like blood, gore, shoot 'em ups, and special effect movies then your rating my be like all the others. However, there are still many of us out there who like to "think" when watching a film and actually get into the twists that the writer and director are striving to provide. 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. RichardA.
    Jan 25, 2009
    I don't know what the critics expected from this film, but it seems against all logic that dozens of reputable writers just didn't get it. This is not a film about generosity or altruism, it's a film about a desperate struggle for redemption. It's dark and difficult, but ultimately rewarding. Expand
  5. BenH.
    Dec 22, 2008
    Very entertaining and emotional movie. Smith does not dissipoint.
  6. CoreyC.
    Dec 20, 2008
    I am a Will Smith fan through and through, but this movie does not work at all. Mr. Smith appears to be angling for an awards nod, since he is, in every scene, welling up with some emotion (mainly tears he appears to be fighting to hold back). The film is a one-trick pony that is simply frustrating after the trick is figured out-- which, honestly, is about 30 seconds into the film. Will Smith is great actor to watch, but he and this threadbare concept movie are simply trying too hard to be "significant." Maybe its time to attack a story with meat on its bones or do an outright comedy to exhibit your ample charm again, Mr. Smith. Leave the over-emotional melodrama to the daytime TV guys and gals. Expand
  7. Aaron
    Dec 21, 2008
    Wake up Will before you lose your audience. What possessed you to make this lousy movie?

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