A man (Will Smith) with a fateful secret sets out to redeem himself by changing the lives of seven strangers, including a woman (Rosario Dawson) with whom he falls in love.
" I think it's just kind of average but Rosario Dawson is great and worthy of some type of recognition throughout this award show season. "
" It affirms life as something enormous and important, not small, not meaningless, but monumental and worthy of big statements. "
" It's a lovely performance [by Dawson], in part because her character throws every charm she's got at the one man who seems doomed to deflect it. "
" Seven Pounds is a difficult story, multilayered, spare and full of detail, thoughtfully told. "
" That big twist at the end... if you go back and analyze it -- I'm not sure it holds up, but I don't think it really matters all that much. "
" You will either be frustrated with its asymmetrical and manipulative storytelling or be captivated by scattered clues that ultimately lead to some kind of resolution. "
" A case study in overkill. "
" A convoluted tearjerker complete with murky camerawork and even murkier emotions. "
" As high concepts go, Seven Pounds is distasteful in the extreme. "
" I would tell you to go out and see it for yourself, but you might take that as a recommendation rather than a plea for corroboration. Did I really see what I thought I saw? "
" It takes the soggy cake for multiple layers of sentimentality topped by indigestible grandiosity. "
" It's not what you'd call any good, but Claude Lelouch fans, say, might relish its grandiose romantic gestures in the face of all known logic. "
" Muccino, who balanced humor and pathos so well in Happyness, goes too heavy on the melodrama this time, at the expense of practically any other emotional shadings. "
" On an emotional level, one could decree that the movie is satisfying. On an intellectual level, it's disappointingly shallow. "
" The sad truth is that if you laid this movie out chronologically -- and maybe if you don't -- not a whole lot of it makes any sense. "
" The script, by Grant Nieporte, seems to fundamentally misunderstand its moral themes. "
" The whole thing ends in what's meant to be a spectacular act of selfless generosity -- but really plays as mad, messianic egoism. "
" When an actor reaches a summit of unparalleled global popularity, it is probably hard to resist the temptation to play God. "
" You'll have plenty of time for your mind to wander; feel free to spend some of it imagining what this imposing pair could do with the right material. "
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