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Generally favorable reviews- based on 44 Ratings

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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. 80
    The Gift delivers the lurid goods as a scary, sexy, twist-a-minute whodunit.
  3. At its heart, there's Blanchett, an actress whose instincts are unerring, and dead-on.
  4. 63
    She (Blanchett) single-handedly forms the human heart of this engrossing, if ultimately preposterous, supernatural thriller.
  5. 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.
  6. There's too much hokum and too little suspense in the screenplay by Billy Bob Thornton and Tom Epperson.
  7. Reviewed by: Curt Fields
    So chock-full of stereotypes as to be a filmic Southern Country Safari.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. JeremyW.
    Sep 4, 2006
    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. Collapse
  2. BrianC.
    Apr 23, 2004
    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. Expand
  3. Jul 13, 2014
    The 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. Expand

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