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The Gift (2015)



Critic Consensus: The Gift is wickedly smart and playfully subversive, challenging the audience's expectations while leaving them leaning on the edges of their seats.

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Simon and Robyn are a young married couple whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon's high school sends their world into a harrowing tailspin. Simon doesn't recognize Gordo at first, but after a series of uninvited encounters and mysterious gifts prove troubling, a horrifying secret from the past is uncovered after more than 20 years. As Robyn learns the unsettling truth about what happened between Simon and Gordo, she starts to question: how well do we really know the people closest to us, and are past bygones ever really bygones? (C) Styx

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Susan May Pratt
as Rhonda Ryan
Wendell Pierce
as Detective Mills
Beau Knapp
as Detective Walker
Tim Griffin
as Kevin 'KK' Keelor
Nash Edgerton
as Frank Dale
Mirrah Foulkes
as Wendy Dale
Felicity Price
as Dr. Angela Derezio
Stacey Bender
as Office Worker
Melinda Allen
as Real Estate Agent
Jyothsna Venkatesh
as East Indian
DaNae West
as Simon's Secretary
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All Critics (196) | Top Critics (45)

The violence is always emotional and psychological, not bloody and physical, which makes The Gift that much more disconcerting.

August 14, 2019 | Full Review…

There are promising moments here, but The Gift is too on-the-nose to convince as a fully formed feature. A commendable effort, nonetheless.

June 14, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The Gift is a tense, unsettling and expertly crafted psychological thriller that keeps the audience consistently on edge. [Full review in Japanese]

December 19, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

It concludes with one of the most repugnant turns this side of a '60s-era exploitation "roughie," a "twist" so vile it pretty much cancels out the considerable skill and accomplishment of what's preceded it.

May 27, 2016 | Full Review…

It's a concept that's more often the basis of arrested development comedies about late bloomers who finally come into their own, but there's nothing funny about how the past looms over the adults that Gordo and Simon have become.

November 10, 2015

Edgerton's talent as an actor has been evident for a while, but The Gift announces him as a genuine triple threat.

August 26, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Gift

While you gotta appreciate this psychological thriller playing with expectations about how such stories usually play out, it missed to take a few punches early on. The film stays fairly entertaining and is overall well done, but before the surprisingly evil ending there just isn't all that much getting your blood pumping. It doesn't help that when you think about the title, the twist is already right there in front of you.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer


A highly enjoyable and creepy thriller. Certainly makes you question as to who is the real villain here! A uniquely and we'll executed plot.

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer


The Gift is devious and calculating with a twist that's inconceivable. The film is able to garner up enough suspense and a thorough story to make for a surprisingly suspenseful tale of past, present and future. 4.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

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