Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. When movie lovers are looking back on the best of 2001, they will still be marveling at the beauty, intelligence and seemingly effortless mastery of Ms. Blanchett's performance.
  2. But there were few, if any, better performances in 2000 than the one Blanchett gives here, and Raimi's crafty blend of dramatic realism and supernatural knowledge is one of the year's best directing con jobs.
  3. Reviewed by: Cody Clark
    The real revelation, however, is Keanu Reeves. His character is something of a caricature — a violent, white-trash wife-beater — but Reeves' portrayal is joltingly authentic.
  4. 80
    The Gift delivers the lurid goods as a scary, sexy, twist-a-minute whodunit.
  5. 75
    Ingenious in its plotting, colorful in its characters, taut in its direction and fortunate in possessing Cate Blanchett.
  6. For all its craft and achievement, The Gift -- which has a script that may have needed more rewriting and deepening -- is a good, minor effort; it has some real conviction, even anguish. And it has Blanchett, whose gift as an actress is sometimes transcendent.
  7. At its heart, there's Blanchett, an actress whose instincts are unerring, and dead-on.
  8. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    A solidly crafted, suspensefully written, powerfully acted little juggernaut.
  9. It's got the pleasing proportions of a stocking stuffed with agreeable little treats in the absence of an exciting big surprise.
  10. 70
    Blanchett's quietly radiant performance anchors even the most outrageous plot developments, and she's well-supported on all sides.
  11. 70
    If you love actors, it's the sort of thing you might be tempted to see a second time, even after you've found out whodunit, just to examine more carefully the way the performers -- particularly the mesmerizing Cate Blanchett -- weave shining silken threads around what's essentially a pretty uninvolving narrative.
  12. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Blanchett projects a wounded dignity that anchors her character even when the film slips into silly hokum; she's never less than fantastic, and as such manages to keep the film on course.
  13. Overly familiar material, even well done, cannot be made more intrinsically interesting than it is. Not even by Cate Blanchett and Keanu Reeves.
  14. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    A good, old-fashioned suspenser.
  15. 63
    She (Blanchett) single-handedly forms the human heart of this engrossing, if ultimately preposterous, supernatural thriller.
  16. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Tolerance for this movie will likely depend on tolerance for melodramatic, over-the-top finales, especially ones with otherworldly twists.
  17. Were it not for these performances (Blanchett, Ribisi, Swank, Reeves), The Gift would be fairly negligible.
  18. 60
    Here, it's the creepily quiet stuff, the stuff that might be rushed over in a different movie -- Annie shivering alone in bed or being visited by her dead grandmother as she hangs out the wash -- that makes the film more than a generic distraction.
  19. 60
    A creepily effective button-pusher that owes a bit to the original "Cape Fear" both in Sam Raimi's ruthless direction and Keanu Reeves's unexpectedly robust performance as the most violent redneck peckerwood in a steamy Georgia town.
  20. The picture is saved from mediocrity by Mr. Raimi's smooth competence, and by the unusually high quality of the acting.
  21. There's too much hokum and too little suspense in the screenplay by Billy Bob Thornton and Tom Epperson.
  22. Outside of a strong (and largely misused) cast and an abundance of moody atmosphere, there's precious little to recommend this exploitative mess.
  23. A clumsy, heavy-handed and unnecessarily sordid occult thriller that somehow has managed to generate a big pre-release buzz.
  24. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    She (Blanchett) seems the only guardian of sanity in this good-old-boy Bellevue.
  25. So many logical questions go unasked in The Gift, which, ultimately, is the movie's downfall. Mark this package as “Return to Sender.”
  26. The bottom line, however, is that cheap and unoriginal as The Gift may be, it sucks you in.
  27. 40
    In terms of cleverly hidden exposition, this ain't "The Sixth Sense."
  28. Reviewed by: Curt Fields
    So chock-full of stereotypes as to be a filmic Southern Country Safari.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Jun 29, 2014
    The Gift is an extraordinary supernatural thriller with Cate Blanchett. Also in the movie is Giovanni Ribisi, Katie Holmes, Keanu Reeves, J.K. Simmons from Spiderman and Katie Holmes. All the acting is great and the film has a spooky atmosphere. The effects are well shot and the plot is deep. A girl goes missing played by Katie Holmes and Cate plays a psychic named Annie. The authorities ask her if she can try and see what's happened to her. She comes up with nothing but little by little she sees clues as to how she was
    murdered. She has dreams but she's not sure what the dreams mean.

    The murderer is someone she knows but she's not aware of that. Keanu Reeves is framed for the murder for reasons that point to him. The Gift is a tricky thriller that will surely delight you on a drab, snowy or rainy evening.
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  2. Jul 10, 2014
    The Gift has refined acting by the cast and impressive special effects. The movie has a creepy, unsettling
    atmosphere similar to The Ninth
    Gate. Sam Raimi used his trademark directing style in the movie, and
    the movie has a winding storyline that will keep you involved. One of the best thrillers I've seen, A+.
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  3. Sep 16, 2014
    A fun thriller with an excellent intensity similar to the sixth sense, great acting and many clever chills.
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