The Girl With All the Gifts

The Girl With All the Gifts


The Girl With All the Gifts.  Rating:  3 (out of 5).  Set in the dystopian future, a scientist and a teacher must take on a journey with a special girl named Melanie. The film will premiere on VOD on Friday, February 24.  Mixed reviews ranging from the very strong to the quite bad.  Perhaps The Guardian sums it up when they say, “There are substantial talents involved in this film, but it doesn’t come together.”

Starring: Gemma Arterton, Dominique Tipper, Glenn Close
Director: Colm McCarthy
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Horror



Variety thinks, “Director McCarthy does little visually that would generate a sense of fear in any viewer, and there’s nothing that will generate so much as a startled jump.”

The Hollywood Reporter finds, “McCarthy more often seems to apply a generic style to his substance, rather than actually use a stylistic choice to help suggest or demonstrate something about his story and characters.”

The Guardian says, “There are substantial talents involved in this film, but it doesn’t come together.”

The Telegraph observes, “The film ends exactly one scene too late, lessening the brutal statement its ending might have made. But these really aren’t deal-breakers in a crisp bullseye of a debut feature which has guts and brains to spare.”

Screen International writes, “What really separates The Girl With All the Gifts from the genre pack, however, is its moral intelligence, clever thematic consistency (drawing on the Greek myth of Pandora’s box) and emotional heft, the latter component rooted in the truly captivating breakout performance of young Nanua.”

Empire Online thinks, “The best zombie-ish apocalypse in years. Sennia Nanua is a major discovery, but it’s the dense social commentary and moral dilemmas that will haunt you.”

According to ScreenCrush, “The Girl With All the Gifts is full of surprises. It keeps shifting before our eyes, from atmospheric horror to intense survival thriller to thoughtful contemplation of humanity’s place in our planet’s food chain.”

The Film Stage says, “Without the narrative or formal conviction to pull off the clichés rampant throughout, it sadly seems stuck between two worlds.”

Indiewire finds, “The Girl With All the Gifts really does offer up a fleshed-out world rich with eerie implications, saving the biggest one for the memorable finale.”

Time Out New York thinks, “The movie is a coming-of-age story, but whose age is coming? That’s the profound question we’re left with, in a stellar adaptation that balances gore with black humor, ethical quandary, hope and—yes—plenty of brains.” gives the movie 8 out of 10 rating, and further notes, ““The Girl with All the Gifts” contains surprises and shocks, but it’s more dramatic than exploitative, which inspires a greater appreciation for the material’s nuance and atmosphere, retaining literary influence as the story’s cinematic stance is sustained throughout. It’s patient work, but it builds with care and layered motivation.”

Film Racket observes, “Carey and McCarthy pare down the sometimes overly detailed technical explanations of the book in favor of something a bit more primal, and while this Girl may not be the scariest zombie movie in recent years, it makes a case for being the most thought-provoking.”

The Mary Sue writes, “The film is saved from mediocrity primarily by its lead, newcomer Sennia Nanua. Melanie’s big heart and enthusiasm for the world outside her cell is beautifully expressed on Nanua’s face.”

Daily Dead gives the film 4 out of 5 stars, and further notes, “A striking and elegantly told tale of survival that turns the tables on everything we’ve come to expect from zombie cinema, McCarthy has crafted something very special with The Girl with All the Gifts.”

IGN finds, “Christmas comes early, not just for fans of zombie flicks, but anyone who appreciates smart, exciting genre films in general. Light on gore but heavy on brains, The Girl With All the Gifts delivers what it means to be living, undead or a new combination of the two, with originality and guts.”

Film School Rejects thinks, “Third-act goofiness aside, The Girl With All the Gifts is rarely less than an engaging experience.”

SciFiNow gives the movie 4 out of 5 stars, and further notes, “The Girl With All The Gifts is an excellent and emotional spin on the zombie genre with superb performances. Moving, intelligent and frightening, this will grip you by the throat.”

According to Starburst Magazine, “The Girl with All the Gifts tells us that life will always prevail – in one form or another. A majestic experience.”

Radio Times says, “Visceral and action-packed, it offers memorably haunting moments such as London’s Post Office Tower eerily covered in Triffid-like plants and a girl gang’s brutal entrapment ruse. It startles and chills before McCarthy offers genuine hope for humankind to define the best and most unusual zombie movie since 28 Days Later.”

Sky Movies writes, “For the most part, though, this is a superior addition to the genre that offers much food for thought.”

According to Little White Lies, “The Girl with All the Gifts looks forward to the future with one eye, while ruefully casting the other back on a past forever contained and sealed off – like Hope in Pandora’s jar.”

HeyUGuys finds, “A different kind of Zombie thriller, that stands apart from other Zombie films, yet still includes the element of surprise, The Girl With All The Gifts, is one film that is definitely worth checking out.”

Total Film gives the movie 4 out of 5 stars, and further notes, “Tender, terrifying, ingenious, and intense. Nanua stands out amid crack casting: gifted, indeed.”


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