The Present

critic Reviews

, 75% Fresh Tomatometer Score
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    Kevin MaherTimes (UK)
    The Parent Trap meets Rashomon meets Groundhog Day in an overly ambitious, and frankly muddled, conceptual premise for this charmless family film.
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    Wendy IdeObserver (UK)
    Elevated by Jay Martel’s high-concept screenplay, which refuses to talk down to its audience, The Present is a peppy family adventure that delivers a formally adventurous structure and a recurring dog poo gag. Something for everyone then.
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    Tim RobeyDaily Telegraph (UK)
    The film’s forgettable fluff, but perfectly genial, and it’s hard to imagine many hardcore objections to curling up with it.
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    Leslie FelperinGuardian
    It’s mildly surprising to see Kinnear and Fisher, both borderline A-listers or at least B+ listers, in treacly dreck like this, but maybe they have legal expenses to pay off.
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    Kat HalsteadCommon Sense Media
    The Present has parallels to The Parent Trap, Groundhog Day, and numerous other family sci-fi, time-travel adventures, and it uses the concept well to gradually reveal more about the lives of both parents and each of the kids in turn.
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    Eddie Harrisonfilm-authority.com
    …it’s got that genial, eighties feel&#59; if you like Back to the Future, Home Alone, Groundhog Day, Freaky Friday, The Parent Trap or other feel-good fantasies, then The Present has exactly what you’re looking for…
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    Brian OrndorfBlu-ray.com
    Ditter makes a Disney Channel-type of viewing experience instead, going broad and borderline obnoxious with this feature, which establishes adult concerns but offers childish antics.
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    Natasha AlvarCultured Vultures
    The Present is pleasant and affable enough to be fairly entertaining. The cast have good chemistry together.
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    Ryan Devir Film Threat
    The film keeps a good pace through its runtime, has solid cinematography, and is entertaining, but it could have used more exposition to raise the stakes.
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    Anne BrodieWhat She Said
    acknowledges there are magic moments in our lives that we must recognise and look for, and help others find theirs. It’s a power for good here, gentle and child-friendly, with intelligence and a keen sense of fun
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