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Does Will Smith Think He's Jesus?

Seven Pounds is so pleased with its concept and its message that it drives right by some pretty big flaws.
Metroland  |  John Brodeur  |  01-08-2009  |  Reviews

Will Smith on Personal Triumph, Middle East Peace and Obamanew

He's hoping to take what he learned from his part in Obama's election and apply it to a new business investment in the United Arab Emirates -- part of his Seven Pounds-inspired attempt to make a difference in his work.
Metro Times  |  Cole Haddon  |  12-23-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Will Smith Encores His 'Pursuit of Happyness'new

Watching Smith and Muccino's latest collaboration, Seven Pounds, I marveled (to paraphrase the great Jermaine Jackson) that something so right could go so wrong.
L.A. Weekly  |  Scott Foundas  |  12-19-2008  |  Reviews

Weighty Matters Get Treated Carelessly in 'Seven Pounds'new

Pounds' moral preaching is kinda twisted, yet it's delivered up on the same kind of redemptive platter -- swelling music, tears, and all. You've gone too far, guys, with the angel act, and God's gonna smite you down.
The Portland Mercury  |  Marjorie Skinner  |  12-19-2008  |  Reviews

Will Smith Needs Cinema Lessons to Cure His Scowls in 'Seven Pounds'new

A glib, charming movie star -- but resourceless actor -- Smith must think scrunching-up his face and looking worried for two hours shows serious concentration and emotional gravity. Apparently, he is unaware of the ways that movies and movie stars communicate depth and sincerity.
New York Press  |  Armond White  |  12-18-2008  |  Reviews

'Seven Pounds': Hoping Strategiesnew

Will Smith's latest finds a way to be optimistic without turning him into a ham.
Washington City Paper  |  Tricia Olszewski  |  12-18-2008  |  Reviews

'Seven Pounds' is Agonizing, Incessant and Impervious to Ironynew

Will Smith continues in the vein of his last three movies by maintaining a clenched, anguished, clotted expression on his face. He has completed his transfiguration into the Fresh Prince of Airlessness.
Willamette Week  |  Aaron Mesh  |  12-17-2008  |  Reviews

Why So Serious?: A Holiday Movie Previewnew

This year tragedy for tragedy's sake is on the front burner. It's nothing new, releasing dead-serious pictures at the dead of Christmas.
Chicago Newcity  |  Ray Pride  |  12-17-2008  |  Movies

Movie Buzz: Approval Ratingsnew

Movie Buzz is a weekly film preview column. This week Will Smith stars in Seven Pounds, Jim Carrey embraces comedy in Yes Man, Mickey Rourke earns a Golden Globe nomination, and Matthew Broderick is the big voice behind a tiny mouse in The Tale of Despereaux.
Metro Spirit  |  Mariah Gardner  |  12-17-2008  |  Movies

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