The Gift 2000

Critics score:
57 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Ebert & Roeper: Read more

Susan Stark, Detroit News: 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. Read more

Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News: You can't escape the feeling that everyone involved deserved something better. Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: 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. Read more

A.O. Scott, New York Times: A rather pedestrian whodunit. Read more

Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: [Blanchett's] grounded intelligence and subtle craft holds the movie together even at its most overheated. Read more

Kenneth Turan, 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. Read more

Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle: The movie has an impressive cast. Blanchett is a terrific actress who deserves better than this. Read more

Paul Clinton (, Raimi's skillful direction, the way he positions the camera, and his brilliant pacing keep things jumping almost until the final frame. Read more

Globe and Mail: Read more

John Anderson, Newsday: Uneven and conventional. Read more

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James Berardinelli, ReelViews: An example of how superior craftsmanship can transform a ho-hum genre entry into a sporadically gripping thriller. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: The movie is ingenious in its plotting, colorful in its characters, taut in its direction and fortunate in possessing Cate Blanchett. Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, Even if you've figured out where The Gift is headed, the actors keep you watching closely. Read more

Edward Guthmann, 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. Read more

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Todd McCarthy, Variety: Raimi eschews trendy, over-emphatic effects in favor of a straightforward approach that makes for a solid tale well told. Read more

J. Hoberman, Village Voice: A creepily effective button-pusher. Read more

Curt Fields, Washington Post: Originality is clearly not a strong point with this script. Read more

Stephen Hunter, Washington Post: 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. Read more