Fox Searchlight Pictures | Release Date: April 7, 2017
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amheretojudgeApr 17, 2018
i think of therefore i am..

Gifted There is a genuine soul in it but besides that it is exactly what it seems like and nothing deeper than that for the director plays on the surface despite of possessing a character driven script. Marc Webb
i think of therefore i am..

Gifted

There is a genuine soul in it but besides that it is exactly what it seems like and nothing deeper than that for the director plays on the surface despite of possessing a character driven script. Marc Webb is good but fails to utilize the utter potential of its brilliant script by Tom Flynn. Chris Evans still needs to ante up his game for in some sequences McKenna Grace and other supporting cast overpowers him. Gifted needed better execution and editing especially carrying off such high pitched dramatic sequences that is supposed to mesmerize the audience.
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annbdSep 21, 2018
Because of the poor script and dialogues, 'Gifted' fails to be deep and captivating movie, but for sure there is a potential in it - more backstory, memories and so on. But I think 'Gifted' successfully provide the message, that most of theBecause of the poor script and dialogues, 'Gifted' fails to be deep and captivating movie, but for sure there is a potential in it - more backstory, memories and so on. But I think 'Gifted' successfully provide the message, that most of the time the true and right way to deal with one complicated situation is located somewhere in the middle of more points of view. Actors/acting, cinematography and runtime were decent. Expand
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GreatMartinApr 14, 2017
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A man, Frank, goes to court against his mother Evelyn for custody of his 7 year old mathematical genius niece Mary who he has been taking care of her since his sister, her mother, also a mathematical genius, committed suicide six and a half years previously. He wants his niece to have a normal childhood unlike his sister who didn't have a choice except to live up to her mother's expectations! Oh yes, let's not forget his next door neighbor Roberta who is a mother figure for Mary. Let's throw in Mary's teacher Bonnie who discovers Mary's brilliant abilities and Frank's hunky looks. Let's not forget a one-eyed cat named Fred and why not throw in some foster parents? With all this you have to go to court for the 'who will win custody'---DUH!--suspense.

Do you hear the violins on the soundtrack? Can you feel/see the director Marc Webb and screenwriter Tom Flynn using all the cliches to manipulate the audience? (Darn it but they fail to explain a throwaway comment about why a professor quit a lucrative job but you will know..)

The surprising thing is that this movie works. It will get the laughs out of the audience and in a minute the tears will flow.The only thing missing are those violins on the soundtrack, instead getting some grating sounds here and there plus a pop tune when needed.

There is no faulting the acting with Chris Evans as Frank, Jenny Slate as the teacher, Elizabeth Marvel as the school's principal, Lindsay Duncan as Evelyn, Octavia Spencer as the next door neighbor all delivering the cliches as if they are brand new, said and done for the first time. A special well done to Mckenna Grace as the 7 year old Mary, here and there precocious when needed, who delivers with the tears, anger, smiles and mathamatical smarts when called for, whether she understood the problems or not!

There is one scene showing a couple of families welcoming a new baby which, though not necessary, add unexpected warmth.

Shot mainly in Florida,except for one Boston scene, the film is bright with even the cliche beach, boats and bird scenes looking fresh.

This weekend you will either go to the latest "Fast and Furious" franchise sequel or "Gifted" the touchy-feely 'date' movie. Guess which one I recommend?
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TVJerryApr 18, 2017
Chris Evans is best known for his action roles, so this movie gives him an opportunity to work a dramatic angle. He plays a single man who's rearing his spirited young niece (Mckenna Grace). She's a math genius, but he's determined to raiseChris Evans is best known for his action roles, so this movie gives him an opportunity to work a dramatic angle. He plays a single man who's rearing his spirited young niece (Mckenna Grace). She's a math genius, but he's determined to raise her like a regular kid. Meanwhile, the grandmother wants to spirit her away to a life of intellectual pursuit. Grace turns in a lively, charming performance, Olivia Spencer (as the neighbor) once again successfully plays feisty, but Evans just plays it earnest without much depth. The dilemma is presented with sufficient significance, but the trite plotting, bland writing and lack of emotional resonance keep the film from achieving it's potential. Expand
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MrMovieBuffJun 15, 2017
At best, 'Gifted' is overly sentimental, a movie that tugs on the hearts of many movie-goers and features stellar lead performances by Chris Evans and Mckenna Grace. Director Marc Webb ('(500) Days of Summer') tells the story of a freelanceAt best, 'Gifted' is overly sentimental, a movie that tugs on the hearts of many movie-goers and features stellar lead performances by Chris Evans and Mckenna Grace. Director Marc Webb ('(500) Days of Summer') tells the story of a freelance boat repairer named Frank (Chris Evans) who ends up going into a legal battle with his mother (Lindsay Duncan) for custody rights for his intelligent niece Mary (Mckenna Grace), who happens to excel at solving complicated maths equations. Upon her first day at school, her teacher Bonnie (Jenny Slate) is impressed at her skill to quickly solve maths problems, but is also dismayed at her attitude towards other people. Mary isn't as sociable with people in her age group, and likes to spend most of her time with adults, since she is able to talk to them about things she finds interesting. I admired this movie enough to get on board emotionally with the characters, it's very well crafted, and at times, it can be emotional. Mckenna Grace has a bright future for someone as young as her, and she and Evans carry this movie effortlessly. The only problem here is that the story is not unique, there are other movies - arguably better ones - out there that tell these stories, and provide them with original twists. This movie pretty much walks down the path you expect it to, as far as writing goes. 'Gifted' is the kind of movie you watch for the characters and the acting, but the story could have used more of an emotional punch, and maybe a more original execution. Other than that, this is a movie not to be missed. Expand
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pedrofloresJul 20, 2017
What was the purpose of this movie? There are better examples of films that display gifted people such as Matilda, Hidden Figures etc. The acting and lines were a big "meh". A good movie to see with your mama just as I did...
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PericowskyOct 1, 2017
Film with a predictable plot, you know what will happen, although the way you tell it will not prevent you from letting go of a tear. The performances are weak, the only redeemable is the small actress McKenna Grace, who will surely surpriseFilm with a predictable plot, you know what will happen, although the way you tell it will not prevent you from letting go of a tear. The performances are weak, the only redeemable is the small actress McKenna Grace, who will surely surprise us in the future. Expand
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