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Gifted (2017)

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Critic Consensus: Gifted isn't quite as bright as its pint-sized protagonist, but a charming cast wrings respectably engaging drama out of a fairly predictable premise.

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Frank Adler (Chris 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) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary. Octavia Spencer plays Roberta, Frank and Mary's landlady and best friend. Jenny Slate is Mary's teacher, Bonnie, a young woman whose concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well

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Cast

Glenn Plummer
as Greg Cullen
John M. Jackson
as Judge Edward Nichols
John Finn
as Aubrey Highsmith
Elizabeth Marvel
as Gloria Davis
Candace B. Harris
as Carly Rosen
Jon Sklaroff
as Seymore Shankland
Jona Xiao
as Lijuan
Julie Ann Emery
as Pat Golding
Keir O'Donnell
as Bradley Pollard
Maia Moss-Fife
as Amanda Dibbons
Brody Rose
as Ricky Harmon
Joe Chrest
as Kevin Larsen
Ashley Thomas
as Animal Shelter Worker
Danielle Deadwyler
as Animal Shelter Worker
Jack Landry
as Veterinarian
Desmond Phillips
as New Father
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Critic Reviews for Gifted

All Critics (176) | Top Critics (34)

Gifted is not your run-of-the-mill melodrama. More like an exceptional melodrama. It still plays the violin, if you get what I mean, but the violinist is skilful.

August 30, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Emotional manipulation gets a bad press. But, hey, sometimes being milked for tears is fun.

June 18, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Films that are so good in so many ways do not come around very often.

June 16, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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

June 16, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Evans's dependable charisma and Grace's defiant odd-duck quality just about keep the basic story afloat, but only just.

June 15, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Here it is. The future of mainstream Hollywood cinema. A place where not only do comic book blockbusters and superhero movies dominate the children's film category, but they inevitably bleed into, and infect, "grown-up" cinema too.

June 15, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Gifted

Predictable and yet competently brought to the screen account of what it might be like raising a genius-to-be. While everyone does their job it's the little Einstein, Mckenna Grace, that keeps our focus from wandering.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

Gifted is a charming little bauble of a movie. Chris Evans turns in a nicely different performance here, apart from his Captain America days. McKenna Grace absolutely knocks it away with a commanding performance sure to make her known. What Gifted does so well is by balancing its drama out as to not get too sentimental but instead pluck lightly at the heartstrings with its predictable courtroom tension. There isn't much to Gifted but its nicely directed by Marc Webb and warm and moving when it needs to be and wisely avoids sentimentality. Rating: 74

Bradley J
Bradley J

Super Reviewer

½

McKenna Grace out acts many in this cast.

Kameron Woodall
Kameron Woodall

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