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It's a well-made little inspirational drama featuring both a familiar older star (James Garner) and a new one (Abigail Breslin).
Things may work out predictably, but The Ultimate Gift does not yank on the heartstrings so much as pluck them gently.
The message is clear almost immediately: charity not vanity.
New York Daily News
This drama from Fox Faith Movies has a mercifully light hand in selling its Christian-values themes, but its plodding story about a spoiled young scion who must complete 12 tasks assigned him by his late grandfather is still a slog.
The Hollywood Reporter
"Gift" comes across as a television-ready effort that would work perfectly for Hallmark.
More watchable for secular audiences than the handful of earlier films released under the Fox Faith label, this one actually has a sense of humor, a politically progressive point of view and a solid cast including the ever-reliable James Garner.
Kind of like a feel-good "Saw" for churchgoers, minus the sadistic games of death.
Chicago Tribune
The plot, though of the made-for-TV ilk, makes for good discussion fodder if you're trying to impress life's lessons on children or others you love. That said, be prepared to be hit over the head by the message, edifying as it is.
It is message filmmaking so blunt you might be tempted to root for the parasitic reprobate over the saintly old man, and that's just not right.
The story, based on the novel by motivational speaker Jim Stovall, throws every emotional stimulus into the pot, and the result is a deep desire for those Hollywood execs to remember that Christian doesn't have to equal brain-dead.

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