Gifted

Gifted

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Gifted

Chris Evans leads this drama as the uncle of a gifted child he's been left to raise. From the director of 500 Days of Summer, co-starring Jenny Slate (Obvious Child) and Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer (The Help).

Frank Adler (Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy – his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) – in a coastal town in Florida. Frank’s plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old’s mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank’s formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan, Birdman) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary. 

2017Rating: M, Offensive language101 minsUSA
Drama
Director:
Marc Webb ('500 Days of Summer', 'The Amazing Spider-Man', 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2')
Writer:
Tom Flynn
Cast:
Chris EvansMckenna GraceLindsay DuncanJenny SlateOctavia SpencerGlenn PlummerJulie Ann EmeryJoe Chrest
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Reviews & comments

Vulture

Vulture

press

Unfortunately, Gifted's cutesy classroom scenes are not quite up to the task of digging into how Mary fits in with her classmates, and the film quickly gives way to increasingly caricatured depictions...

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Variety

Variety

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The movie is a bit of a crock - a stacked-deck family drama that's all bits and pieces stuck together out of a screenwriter's handbook.

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Total Film

Total Film

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You'll need a tissue, not a calculator, for the tender-hearted finale.

3.0
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Time Out

Time Out

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The question at the movie's heart is: What is best for Mary? The answer Gifted chooses is predictable, but that doesn't stop the movie from messing with your tear ducts.

3.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

press

What's in a child's best interest? It depends on who's answering the question. That's the crux of "Gifted," the director Marc Webb's return to small-scale features after tangling with spidey.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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It disappointingly gets tangled up in plot contrivances, and the real issue of gifted children is just a gooey fantasy.

2.0
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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

Not your run-of-the-mill melodrama. More like an exceptional melodrama.

4.0
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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

In attempting to balance the central conflict between Frank and Evelyn, a nature-vs.-nurture clash with a dash of class warfare, the movie comes up disappointingly short.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Despite its recycled tropes, the comedy-drama manages to be both funny and moving even if its emotional manipulations are fully apparent.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Warm and heartfelt performances from the two principals are undercut by a formula that too readily reveals the outcome. Interesting workings fail to fully add up. Must do better next term.

3.0
0
Vulture

Vulture

press

Unfortunately, Gifted's cutesy classroom scenes are not quite up to the task of digging into how Mary fits in with her classmates, and the film quickly gives way to increasingly caricatured depictions...

0
Variety

Variety

press

The movie is a bit of a crock - a stacked-deck family drama that's all bits and pieces stuck together out of a screenwriter's handbook.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

You'll need a tissue, not a calculator, for the tender-hearted finale.

3.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

The question at the movie's heart is: What is best for Mary? The answer Gifted chooses is predictable, but that doesn't stop the movie from messing with your tear ducts.

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

What's in a child's best interest? It depends on who's answering the question. That's the crux of "Gifted," the director Marc Webb's return to small-scale features after tangling with spidey.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It disappointingly gets tangled up in plot contrivances, and the real issue of gifted children is just a gooey fantasy.

2.0
0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

Not your run-of-the-mill melodrama. More like an exceptional melodrama.

4.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

In attempting to balance the central conflict between Frank and Evelyn, a nature-vs.-nurture clash with a dash of class warfare, the movie comes up disappointingly short.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Despite its recycled tropes, the comedy-drama manages to be both funny and moving even if its emotional manipulations are fully apparent.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Warm and heartfelt performances from the two principals are undercut by a formula that too readily reveals the outcome. Interesting workings fail to fully add up. Must do better next term.

3.0
0