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3.0
719 Ratings

The Gift

Directed by Joel Edgerton
United States, 2015
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Synopsis

A young married couple’s lives are thrown into a harrowing tailspin when an acquaintance from the husband’s past brings mysterious gifts and a horrifying secret to light after more than 20 years.

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The Gift Directed by Joel Edgerton

Awards & Festivals

Directors Guild of America

2016 | Nominee: Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director

Empire Awards

2016 | Nominee: Best Thriller

There may not be a more limited comedy star in America than Jason Bateman, who has parlayed his TV resurrection into a one man-cottage industry, producing one thin, stale slice of milquetoast after another. And yet he’s excellent in Joel Edgerton’s not-uninteresting thriller The Gift, probably because this is the first time that a director has mined his boring normalcy for dread and resentment.
January 20, 2016
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Even if you aren’t aware that Australia’s Blue-Tongue film collective, who are behind this yuppie-paranoia thriller, have carved a niche in clever genre subversion, you’ll remember that Faulkner saying about the past.
November 04, 2015
Here Edgerton, who has honed his craft penning The Square (2008), Felony (2013) and The Rover (2014), has taken a subgenre normally associated with cheap sensationalist thrills and stripped it down to intense character drama.
September 07, 2015

What are people saying?

  • Z's rating of the film The Gift

    A hateful, cold film about despicable people treating each other terribly. The most credit I can give it is that it was not predictable. I was surprised at some of the narrative twists and turns, but the overall feeling of the work is creepily cruel. I suppose plot mechanics will be enough for some, I was not invested in the characters or the story. Jason Bateman's callow jerk is beyond off putting and repugnant.

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film The Gift

    Rebecca Hall is a terrific actress; she gives far and away the best performance in "The Gift," a domestic thriller in which she is ostensibly the protagonist. That is until the end of the film when you realize the screenplay has reduced her character to little more than a pawn in a sadistic game between a sociopathic bully and his victim-turned-bully. The effect this late reversal has is, in a word, gross.

  • OFF_FRAME's rating of the film The Gift

    Edgerton is utterly convincing here as Gordo the disturbed friend from the past in this creepy psychological thriller and the film had me engrossed from start to finish. The writing too is improving from script to script and I look forward to seeing his next directorial foray. 3.5 stars

  • Tigrão's rating of the film The Gift

    In an age where most movies need to become more and more spectacular, what a pleasure to see a simple little film, carried by 3 strong actors and a really good script. And the ending is absolutely brilliant. "See what happens when you poison people's minds with an idea?"

  • Palmat's rating of the film The Gift

    A solid drama/thriller about the toxicity of lies, secrets and accountability. Bateman really brings his A-game aptly supported by Hall and Edgerton. The narrative takes the slowburn route and all the better for it. The reveals are portioned perfectly and when the end comes it packs a mean punch. Recommended if you are a fan of Hitchcock or Chabrol.

  • dana danger's rating of the film The Gift

    i hate the ending of this so much; to use the possible rape of an uninvolved woman as a Clever Plot Twist really left a bad taste in my mouth. if it had been just that gordo taught the couple about who they really are, it would have been a much more powerful film

  • Jason's rating of the film The Gift

    I am almost always a fan of American movies that make utterly objectionable the kind of Americans that all good Americans are led to believe they are supposed to be. Cheers: the central couple disgusts me in a way that (all too easily) pleases me. The problem is in the plot mechanics and the flat thud of the resolution. These people are definitely of our world, but what happens to them is a little too 'movie.'

  • www.tinyurl.com/amethystos's rating of the film The Gift

    Borgman is really the best and most overlooked masterpiece of this genre in recent years, skip this and see that. https://mubi.com/lists/the-intruder-or-menacing-visitor

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