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The Gift

Mystery . Thriller

A husband and wife try to reinvigorate their relationship but their lives are threatened by a "friend" from the husband's past who holds a horrifying secret about him, sending their world into a tailspin.

Actors: David Joseph Craig , Beth Crudele , Tim Griffin , P.J. Byrne , Allison Tolman , Beau Knapp , David Denman , Joel Edgerton , Rebecca Hall , Jason Bateman
Directors: Joel Edgerton
Release: 2015-08-07
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  • Kevin P. Sullivan

    The real joy of The Gift is getting to that twisted goodness, because more than anything, Edgerton’s script and direction demonstrate a keen understanding of tension and what puts an audience on edge.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    It’s that rarest of psychological thrillers: one that actually lives up to the words “psychological thriller.”

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Gary Goldstein

    Although the film builds an effective sense of dread and contains its share of unnerving visuals and well-timed scares, it proves far more psychological thrill ride than shockfest.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    You may know Mr. Edgerton as the actor who played the cocksure SEAL squadron commander in “Zero Dark Thirty,” and Tom Buchanan in “The Great Gatsby.” Who knew, though, that his debut feature would be so stylishly crafted, intricately psychological and genuinely thrilling?

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    Underneath it all, The Gift is a merciless critique of an amoral corporate culture in which the ends justify the means, and lying and cheating are O.K., as long as they’re not found out.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • James Rocchi

    Nothing here feels cheap or hasty, which is why the horror, when it comes, is all the more chilling and grim. Slick, sharp and legitimately terrifying, The Gift is a truly brilliant thriller — and, one hopes, the first of many features from Edgerton to come.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    This is a tense, nerve-wracking thriller of the mind, with first-rate performances by Bateman, Hall and Edgerton — a tightly spun thriller with a wicked sense of humor and a wonderfully warped take on long-range karma.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Jeff Baker

    A tight little thriller that recalls the good old days of "Fatal Attraction" and "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle," back when suspicious packages appeared on the doorstep, no affair went unpunished, and the family dog was never safe.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    The Gift is B-movie melodrama at its lurid finest, and worth a look.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Gregory Ellwood

    Edgerton, who also wrote the screenplay, shows a masterful touch in playing with conventional expectations.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Mike McCahill

    The debutant director applies himself with the same quiet assurance and attention to detail he’s displayed in his acting projects.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Patrick Gamble

    The Gift might not smash the boundaries of genre filmmaking but therein lies its appeal; a smart, well-made thriller that balances high-minded cinema with genre thrills.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Daisy Bowie-Sell

    The Gift will have you triple-locking the doors and rushing to pull the curtains.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Jon Frosch

    Taken on its own undemanding terms and considered within its not very original framework, Joel Edgerton’s feature-length directorial debut is a pleasant — or pleasantly unpleasant — surprise, hitting its genre marks in brisk, unfussy fashion and raising a few hairs on the back of your neck along the way.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    The Gift, a psychological roller coaster on a doomed track, is one of the best directorial debuts in ages, hands down.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Clever and atmospheric, the film has enough twists to keep the average viewer guessing.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Sheila O'Malley

    The Gift uses the tricks of the thriller trade well, but why it really works is that it withholds the necessary information until almost the very end. Full Review
  • Brad Wheeler

    The film ends with a delicious question, an uncertainty that will linger long after the credits roll – no ribbon is tied on The Gift.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    A surprisingly intelligent and effective (if slightly pulpy) psychological thriller.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    The Gift stretches things a little too much for it to be a first-rate thriller. Still, among second-rate thrillers, it’s one of the best.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Peter Keough

    In addition to directing outstanding performances, Edgerton also suggests psychological processes by means of space, architecture, and décor, exploiting the walls, doorways, windows, and mirrors of the new house to indicate the status of a relationship or self-image.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    All three leading performers are scarily convincing on the film's own tight, clammy terms.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Katie Walsh

    The true star of The Gift is Edgerton as director. His deft, controlled maneuvering of plot, character, style, and tone is damn near perfect for his feature debut — even if it is in service of a very standard genre piece.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Jake Cole

    Joel Edgerton's boilerplate direction is a blessing for a genre increasingly saddled with literal visualizations of madness.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    Where The Gift toys with our expectations is in its refusal to align itself with any one character or to manufacture obvious heroes and villains.

    Variety Full Review
  • John Hazelton

    Initially, it plays like an atmospheric but predictable stalker thriller with not much more than style – and maybe the casting of the always watchable Jason Bateman – to recommend it. Later, though, it turns into a considerably more intriguing and twisty psychological drama.

    Screen International Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    Pivoting out of conventional horror-flick territory into the realm of psychodrama, and drastically blurring the lines separating its heroes from its villains, The Gift turns out to be much smarter and more troubling than it looks on the surface.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    A smart, adult thriller.

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    The long-term effects of bullying are at the heart of The Gift, a dark and ultimately quite nasty psychological thriller from actor/writer/debut director Joel Edgerton, who manages to yank the carpet out from under his audience a couple of times.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Katherine Pushkar

    It’s fun to see Bateman channel his inner prick. But the gaslighting husband/cruel high school tormentor subplot is so underwritten that it feels tacked on.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Barbara VanDenburgh

    It’s an assured debut from a rising star that nails tone and pace. It would be a solid summer thriller were it not grossly undermined by its astonishingly regressive treatment of its leading lady.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
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