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The Girl with All the Gifts

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United Kingdom · 2016
Rated R · 1h 50m
Director Colm McCarthy
Starring Sennia Nanua, Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine, Glenn Close
Genre Drama, Horror, Thriller, Science Fiction

In the future, a strange fungus has changed nearly everyone into a thoughtless, flesh-eating monster. When a scientist and a teacher find a girl who seems to be immune to the fungus, they all begin a journey to save humanity.

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The Hollywood Reporter by Boyd van Hoeij

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.


Screen International by Charles Gant

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.


IndieWire by Eric Kohn

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.


The Film Stage by Ethan Vestby

Without the narrative or formal conviction to pull off the clichés rampant throughout, it sadly seems stuck between two worlds.


Empire by Helen O'Hara

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.


Variety by Jay Weissberg

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.


Time Out by Joshua Rothkopf

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.


ScreenCrush by Matt Singer

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 Telegraph by Tim Robey

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.

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