Review: “Seven Pounds” Of Hokum


There’s no question that Will Smith (pictured) is extraordinarily charismatic. You don’t get to be the most consistently big-box-office American movie star in the world without a seriously powerful aura. Yet Smith’s ego can sometimes seem awesomely out-of-control, which is why Todd McCarthy’s review in Variety of Smith’s new flick, “Seven Pounds,” is such a guilty pleasure. After saying that the film is “off-putting for its manifest manipulations, as well as its pretentiousness and self-importance,” McCarthy goes for the knock-out. He says that Smith embraces his “Seven Pounds”‘s “character’s saintlike status in a way so convincing that it proves disturbing as an indication of how highly this or any momentarily anointed superstar may regard himself.”

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