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A glorious textbook example of a gifted film maker's ability to transform a familiar genre and, thrillingly, to confound our expectations in the process.
There's really just one reason to see the Southern freak show that is Sam Raimi's The Gift, and fortunately it's the best reason: to watch the star of the piece.
Los Angeles Times:
Characters lean too heavily toward the Southern grotesque, and the direction the plot is heading is more predictable than it should be.
The movie has an impressive cast. Blanchett is a terrific actress who deserves better than this.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com),
Raimi's skillful direction, the way he positions the camera, and his brilliant pacing keep things jumping almost until the final frame.
An example of how superior craftsmanship can transform a ho-hum genre entry into a sporadically gripping thriller.
The movie is ingenious in its plotting, colorful in its characters, taut in its direction and fortunate in possessing Cate Blanchett.
Even if you've figured out where The Gift is headed, the actors keep you watching closely.
San Francisco Chronicle:
Logic is mocked, plot strands capriciously abandoned. Actors chew upholstery, and the heroine has so many 'Don't open that door, lady!' moments that the movie starts to play like an unintended parody of overblown hokum.
Raimi eschews trendy, over-emphatic effects in favor of a straightforward approach that makes for a solid tale well told.
It's not wise to build a story around a psychic. If you don't believe in this stuff, the story simply will not work, ever, anyhow, any way, any time, any place.