Metascore
62

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
    80
    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
    75
    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
    70
    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
    70
    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
    63
    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
    50
    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
    30
    So chock-full of stereotypes as to be a filmic Southern Country Safari.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Jul 13, 2014
    7
    The Gift is engrossing, well-scripted, and beautifully shot until the final quarter. Then, the movie gets very movie-ish and preposterous withThe Gift is engrossing, well-scripted, and beautifully shot until the final quarter. Then, the movie gets very movie-ish and preposterous with an unsatisfying ending. But the performances alone in this star-studded cast are what make this movie, especially Blanchett's emotionally moving portrayal of a woman secluded from society because of her psychic powers. Ultimately, I recommend seeing The Gift; it's a fine piece of filmmaking. Full Review »
  2. JeremyW.
    Sep 4, 2006
    8
    I found the story captivating, once it began rolling, although the Southern depravity was an appalling, if true-life-life, vehicle that at I found the story captivating, once it began rolling, although the Southern depravity was an appalling, if true-life-life, vehicle that at once repelled, and yet attracted sympathy. Giovanni Ribisi was my favorite character in the film. The plot was a little thin, but the cast really made this film. Full Review »
  3. BrianC.
    Apr 23, 2004
    7
    The movie wasn't too bad, it was better than it was worse. I think we all know that the best part was seeing Katie Holmes naked. It was The movie wasn't too bad, it was better than it was worse. I think we all know that the best part was seeing Katie Holmes naked. It was about time, thank you to Raimi. Full Review »