The Gifted

thegiftedVerdict: Value for Money

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.50 (7 ratings)

Genre: Comedy

Writer/Director: Chris Martinez

Cast: Anne Curtis, Cristine Reyes, Sam Milby, Arlene Muhlach, Ricky Rivero, Candy Pangilinan, Dominic Ochoa

Synopsis: Through most of their childhood, Zoe (Anne Curtis) and Aica (Cristine Reyes) were best friends, the two bonding over being the smartest kids in school. This changes in high school, as Zoe schemes against Aica in order to finally become the class valedictorian. Ten years later, the two encounter each other again, and Zoe seems to have kept her grudge alive. She involves their old classmate Mark (Sam Milby) in a new plot to break Aica’s heart. (Click the City)

MTRCB rating: R-13

Running time: 125 mins

Trailer: 

Reviews:

4.0         Mario Bautista (Philippine Star)

“The reason The Gifted works so well is that writer-director Chris Martinez succeeds in getting uniformly excellent performances from the whole cast, from the leads Anne, Cristine and Sam to the supporting cast, mainly the parents.” (Read full review)

4.0         Rob San Miguel (Brun Philippines)

The Gifted is a good joke and a critique of Philippine melodrama but Martinez delivers both with the Queen of Camp in her campy best.” (Read full review)

4.0         Nood.ph

“Maganda ang kwento at mahusay ang acting. Panoorin kung nag-enjoy ka sa Kimmy Dora o Here Comes the Bride. Panoorin with friends para masarap ang tawanan. At panoorin hanggang end credits!” (Read full review)

3.5         Zig Marasigan (Rappler)

“Like a majority of Martinez’s work, The Gifted comes with a good amount of acute self-awareness. The film hits the usual beats of any traditional comedy, but it does a streamlined job of making sure those beats come out fresh, engaging, and more importantly, funny.” (Read full review)

3.5         Rito Asilo (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

“Martinez delivers a briskly paced comedic romp that manages to go beyond the campy excesses of its broad humor. He holds the film in equipose between comedy and cautionary drama, as it examines love, friendship and ambition—not an easy feat to accomplish with fervor and winking flair.” (Read full review)

3.5         Nicol Latayan (Pinoy Exchange)

The Gifted, even if its attempts do not always work, is definitely entertaining and I appreciate that it knows how to poke fun at itself (even if the film also overdid that). But really, it’s a two-hour riot in the cinema.” (Read full review)

2.0         Philbert Dy (Click the City)

The Gifted will likely hold up the pretense of being subversive or feminist or empowering or whatever else. And the idea is certainly there. But the way it goes about it feels wrong and silly.” (Read full review)

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