(2008)

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Based on 33 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
78
Now, with Seven Pounds, the transformation of Will Smith is complete: Gone is any trace of love-me impishness, replaced by one of the sourest pusses Hollywood has seen since Joaquin Phoenix got his Screen Actors Guild card.
75
Charlotte Observer
Gripping but gap-filled Seven Pounds will have half your brain asking "How could this be?" and the other half saying, "Shut up and go along for the ride!" Listen to the latter voice.
75
Some people will find it emotionally manipulative. Some people like to be emotionally manipulated. I do, when it's done well.
60
The film's Italian director does achieve in his second American outing a pleasing blend of Hollywood professional sheen and European sensitivity to character details and nuances.
60
The movie is pretty unabashed about the all-but-corny sentiment: Each of us has something to give.
50
Seven Pounds is one part jigsaw puzzle, one part "The Giving Tree" and both parts marinated in melancholy.
38
Seven Pounds has a heart as big as all outdoors. Unfortunately it's made out of high-fructose bull.
25
An unintentionally ludicrous drama of repentance.
20
Variety
An endlessly sentimental fable about sacrifice and redemption that aims only at the heart at the expense of the head. Intricately constructed so as to infuriate anyone predominantly guided by rationality and intellect.
0
Village Voice
Dispiritingly obvious and phony from top to bottom.

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