The Ultimate Gift
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Filmmaker Michael O. Sajbel explores the relationship between wealth and happiness with this spiritual-minded tale about a privileged young man who receives a most unexpected inheritance. Adapted from the best-selling book by author Jim Stovall, The Ultimate Gift opens as trust-fund baby Jason Stevens (Drew Fuller) prepares to receive a sizable inheritance from his late grandfather Red (James Garner). Though Jason is convinced that the money is about to come flowing in, he receives a sudden shock upon discovering that Red has instead decided to offer him something much more valuable than… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 32%

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"This new film moves along smoothly until Grandpa's most preposterous mission - which needlessly drags out the movie -- takes Jason to a severely caricatured Ecuador."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Christian charity, in this movie, seems like a side-effect of capitalism."
‑ , Boston Globe
"The Ultimate Gift will put you in a diabetic coma."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"A parabolic film about one selfish young man's spiritual transformation."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Veterans Garner and Brian Dennehy give convincing professional performances here, but Fuller is bland."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Boxoffice Magazine
"I think urban sophisticates can be people of faith who want to see movies, occasionally, that don't have the four-letter words, and I do embrace religion, but I think they have to be better than this."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"[James] Garner is good, and so is Brian Dennehy as a crusty ranch owner; Abigail Breslin, playing a leukemia patient, demonstrates that she was not a one-note wonder in Little Miss Sunshine."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"It's Self-Help: The Movie, and it stinks to high heaven."
‑ David Cornelius,
"The film squeaks by on a combination of reliable old pros...and appealing newcomers..."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"Pretty much what one would expect: a sincere story of redemption delivered with all the low-key execution of one of those Hallmark-backed TV movies of the week."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"If you missed the money-isn't-everything message, an end-credits recap outlines the story's salient points -- if you'd known, you could've skipped the rest."
‑ Erin Clements, Time Out New York
"The Ultimate Gift is kind of like a feel-good Saw for churchgoers, minus the sadistic games of death."
‑ Gregory Kirschling, Entertainment Weekly
"I haven't even read the book, and I know it has to be better than the movie."
‑ Linda Cook, Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
"The result is a deep desire for those Hollywood execs to remember that Christian doesn't have to equal brain-dead."
‑ Toddy Burton, Austin Chronicle
"Wholesome and inspirational, it preaches a simplistic "prosperity gospel.""
‑ Susan Granger,
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