The Gift
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Supernatural horror meets character drama in this Sam Raimi-directed thriller. Set in Georgia, the film concerns a widowed mother named Annie (Cate Blanchett) who is blessed with the ability to have psychic visions. When Annie is asked to use her powers to investigate the murder of a rich society girl (Katie Holmes) who was engaged to a local high school principal (Greg Kinnear), she finds her "gift" is as destructive as it is helpful. Many of the townspeople have mixed regard for Annie's abilities, including an abusive husband (Keanu Reeves) and his brutalized wife (Hilary… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Uneven and conventional."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"A superior horror movie for older teens."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Failing to deliver as a suspenser, The Gift relies heavily on its name cast, particularly Cate Blanchette, which elevates the old-fashioned yarn to a more serious patina."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"One of the strongest parts in question is the central performance of Cate Blanchett."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"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."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"The movie has an impressive cast. Blanchett is a terrific actress who deserves better than this."
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"Though "The Gift" is tonally uneven, it's still worth a watch if only for the mood and inherent dread present."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Un mediano intento de sorprendernos."
‑ Alex Ramirez, Cinenganos
"...not too bad in a gothic whodunit kind of way"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Raimi's latest picture, The Gift, looks like an attempt to create a classier version of the kind of horror movie that established his reputation nearly two decades ago."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"like going to the county fair and getting ripped off by the traveling sideshows"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Who would have thought Sam Raimi could have made a film in which the dead are harmless, even helpful?"
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Stilted, obvious, and cruel... No longer an absurdist of gore, Raimi is now a reveler in it."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Once the story chooses its path, a glance downward reveals the ruts worn by the many plot vehicles that have traveled this road before."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
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