Seven Pounds Heavy on Heart, Light on Logic

Cryptic Smith film confounds critics with feel-good melancholy
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2008 10:43 AM CST

(Newser) – The less you know about this movie before you see it, the more you'll like it, caution critics weighing the new Will Smith vehicle Seven Pounds. One thing not to expect in the "darker and more oblique" spiritual successor to Smith's Pursuit of Happyness is chuckles, Mick LaSalle writes in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Pounds' sentimental tale of redemption, told through a complex series of flashbacks, aims "only at the heart at the expense of the head," writes Todd McCarthy in Variety. Some critics overlooked plot holes to sit back and enjoy the emotional manipulation, although AO Scott of the New York Times found it "what may be among the most transcendently, eye-poppingly, call-your-friend-ranting-in-the-middle-of-the-night-just-
to-go-over-it-one-more-time crazily awful motion pictures ever made."