The Gift

User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 118 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 3 out of 118

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  1. AndrewM.
    Apr 4, 2004
    6
    This film was...ok. I don't really know how to describe it. Yes, Blanchett was superb, but then she always is. Keanu Reeves was believable (and loathsome) and Katie Holmes was very good (and very sexy!) But the whole story just wasn't much fun to watch and didn't resonate any feelings. It was predictable in parts and inevitable in others. Overall, I'd say a fairly well This film was...ok. I don't really know how to describe it. Yes, Blanchett was superb, but then she always is. Keanu Reeves was believable (and loathsome) and Katie Holmes was very good (and very sexy!) But the whole story just wasn't much fun to watch and didn't resonate any feelings. It was predictable in parts and inevitable in others. Overall, I'd say a fairly well made film but, one scene aside (thanks KH), a pretty forgettable one. Expand
  2. RyanM.
    Jul 24, 2001
    5
    I was anticipating this movie for a while, hoping it would have a twist at the end that makes it's originality. But though it was original it never possesed any real color or interest, making it hard to like.
  3. May 6, 2016
    5
    Featuring a star-studded cast, Sam Raimi's The Gift cannot be classified as anything other than a disappointing effort. Raimi is at his very best here crafting a truly chilling atmosphere and carefully manufacturing each and every scare to maximum effect. The Gift can be a truly horrifying experience at times and this has to be its strongest asset. The acting is also very strong, but ofFeaturing a star-studded cast, Sam Raimi's The Gift cannot be classified as anything other than a disappointing effort. Raimi is at his very best here crafting a truly chilling atmosphere and carefully manufacturing each and every scare to maximum effect. The Gift can be a truly horrifying experience at times and this has to be its strongest asset. The acting is also very strong, but of course it is with a cast that includes Cate Blanchett, Giovanni Ribisi, Keanu Reeves, Katie Holmes, Greg Kinnear, Hilary Swank, JK Simmons, Gary Cole, and Kim Dickens. Everybody delivers here and this cast is more than worth your time. However, the film shoots itself in the face repeatedly at the end of the film. Featuring a predictable "twist" that anybody could see after 20 minutes into the film and a stupidly convenient ending that is also deeply sexist really make The Gift's ending feel more like a slap to the face than anything. Even worse, the film was effectively scary up to this point, even if it was incredibly conventional. Instead of being an acceptable thriller that adds very little to the genre, it is merely a disappointing effort from all involved that deserved far better writing and a less dumb ending. Expand
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. TNT RoughCut
    Reviewed by: Andy Klein
    40
    In terms of cleverly hidden exposition, this ain't "The Sixth Sense."
  2. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Chris Kaltenbach
    50
    Outside of a strong (and largely misused) cast and an abundance of moody atmosphere, there's precious little to recommend this exploitative mess.
  3. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    A solidly crafted, suspensefully written, powerfully acted little juggernaut.