Box art for Seven Pounds

Seven Pounds

drama


A strange IRS agent uses his database to locate a series of needy people and goes to elaborate lengths to improve their lives. During the process, he falls in love with a woman in need of a new heart.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    27%
  • Audience Score
    75%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
Consumerism
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
Sex
2 out of 5
Violence
2 out of 5

Melancholy Will Smith film is too intense for younger kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Will Smith + holidays usually equals blockbuster. But this drama's mysterious title and trailer may turn off younger fans who'd rather see a comedy or fantasy. And viewers in the mood for a feel-good story should look elsewhere: The movie tackles heavy themes like what it means to live a meaningful life, embracing death in the face of a terminal illness, and using grief as a motivation to act selflessly. The language and consumerism are mild, the violence is limited to (admittedly disturbing) scenes of two fatal incidents, and the sexuality is one love scene featuring a bare shoulders and backs. All of that said, the central message -- giving of yourself no matter what the cost -- may be too mature for young viewers to handle.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the film's emphasis on altruism. What messages does it send about generosity? Is it a positive message?
  • Was Ben saintly or insane -- or is it a little of both?
  • Families canalso discuss how the movie develops as a suspenseful drama. Howspecifically was it suspenseful? Was the end predictable, or did itsucceed in being a "big reveal"?
  • How does Smith's character herecompare with others he's played? Do you prefer him in dramas orcomedies/action-adventures? Why?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    27%
    reviews counted: 20
    see all Seven Pounds reviews
  • Audience

    75%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: I would tell you to go out and see it for yourself, but you might take that as a recommendation rather than a plea for corroboration. Did I really see what I thought I saw?

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Friday, December 19, 2008

Rotten:

- Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out, Friday, November 18, 2011

Fresh: I think it's just kind of average but Rosario Dawson is great and worthy of some type of recognition throughout this award show season.

- Ben Lyons, At the Movies, Monday, December 22, 2008

Audience Reviews

3 stars

B-

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Wednesday, July 21, 2010

3 stars

A good story, well told and Will Smith is growing on me as a serious actor. The main problem with this is it is far too obvious right from the off what is going to happen and why. We then spend a long time waiting for the build up to the conclusion. Still a fine film though, but it lost it's impact by being too predictable.

- Deano78, Thursday, June 17, 2010

4 stars

Never did I expect such a film to blow me away, I had not read the synopsis prior to watching this and hadn?t planned for such an emotionally charged film. I?ve only shed a tear at around 3 films in my life, but I have to admit, this one actually had me sobbing! (Did I just admit to that?) The film itself sets a depressed tone from the start and whilst it does take a while to start moving and understand where the plot is being taken, the mystery soon unravels in tiny parts, right up until the very end. Without a doubt Smith?s finest performance to date. A well written storyline with an original idea.

- 76Majikat, Tuesday, February 16, 2010