(2000)

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Metascore

Based on 29 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
Boston Globe
A solidly crafted, suspensefully written, powerfully acted little juggernaut.
70
A good, old-fashioned suspenser.
70
Overly familiar material, even well done, cannot be made more intrinsically interesting than it is. Not even by Cate Blanchett and Keanu Reeves.
60
New York Magazine (Vulture)
Were it not for these performances (Blanchett, Ribisi, Swank, Reeves), The Gift would be fairly negligible.
60
Village Voice
A creepily effective button-pusher that owes a bit to the original "Cape Fear" both in Sam Raimi's ruthless direction and Keanu Reeves's unexpectedly robust performance as the most violent redneck peckerwood in a steamy Georgia town.
50
Baltimore Sun
Outside of a strong (and largely misused) cast and an abundance of moody atmosphere, there's precious little to recommend this exploitative mess.
50
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
A clumsy, heavy-handed and unnecessarily sordid occult thriller that somehow has managed to generate a big pre-release buzz.
40
TNT RoughCut
In terms of cleverly hidden exposition, this ain't "The Sixth Sense."
40
So many logical questions go unasked in The Gift, which, ultimately, is the movie's downfall. Mark this package as Return to Sender.
40
Dallas Observer
The bottom line, however, is that cheap and unoriginal as The Gift may be, it sucks you in.

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