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A Gifted Man - (S01E04)

Fantasy . Sci-Fi & Fantasy . Drama

Michael hires a new director for the clinic. Will she be able to run things?

Episode Title: In Case of Separation Anxiety
Airs: 2011-10-14 at 09:00 pm
  • Rob Owen

    There's no question that A Gifted Man is the network's best, most creatively successful effort in the past five years.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    Fifteen minutes into A Gifted Man, the performance of Patrick Wilson, Jennifer Ehle and Margo Martindale had completely won me over, and of all the pilots I've screened for fall, this is the one I most want to see more of.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    I want to be [hooked], because the actors are so charismatic. Remember Ehle with Colin Firth in PBS's 1995 "Pride & Prejudice"? But the New Agey ghost-as-conscience thing--done better with so much crazy verve in the hallucinatory "Eli Stone"--is strained by the end of the first episode

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Liz Kelly Nelson

    The viewer are asked to digest a lot, but we're willing to bear with it and see if the subsequent episodes can strike the same supernatural-but-not-super-goofy note, retain the production values and keep us interested.

    Zap2it (Inside the Box) Full Review
  • Michael Landweber

    The general integrity of the first episode offers some hope that it won't become a Procedure of the Week melodrama.

    PopMatters Full Review
  • Nancy DeWolf Smith

    Another preposterous television premise perhaps, but one that may be comforting to viewers looking for gentle escape with dash of uplift and hope.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    The writers of the series have left themselves plenty of possibilities to explore, and Mr. Wilson seems more than capable of carrying the show anyplace they choose to take it.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Jonathan Storm

    A Gifted Man is solid enough, in fact, to make you forget it's a ghost story.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    A Gifted Man is certainly earnest, in a "Marcus Welby, M.D." kind of way. Post-sale tinkering also improved the pilot, with Anna becoming Holt's conscience in a way that better explains her presence, while extracting some humor from their only-he-sees-her encounters.

    Variety Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    The earnestness comes in pretty strong doses, but it might be good for what ails you.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Thanks to all the talent, what could have been an incredibly hokey Ghost Whisperer retread has much more moody potential.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    It's all a bit edgier than you might imagine, and I'll be giving this another look--though it's probably not going to keep me home on Fridays.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    It's a show that wants to say something. Now it needs viewers who want to listen.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    Yes, it sounds insane (you can't have ghosts on CBS who don't help solve crimes) and like many of this season's pilots, it left me wondering how the show's premise could be sustained for more than a few episodes, much less multiple seasons. But it's an awfully pretty pilot.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    A Gifted Man won't kill any brain cells if you want to give it a try. But it's not all there yet with an unwieldy mix that also includes two life-threatening cases, a few scenes with Michael's frazzled sister, Christina (Julie Benz) and her problematic teen son and an attempted exorcism of sorts by a mystic named Anton (Pablo Schreiber).

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    How about less ghost, more Margo? That might help A Gifted Man become better than very average.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    The problem is not the supernatural, it's the sanctimony.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    OK, OK, A Gifted Man, is not as bad as all that [Friendly-ghost mothers-in-law? Friendly-ghost proctologists? Friendly-ghost telephone solicitors?]. But it's not good, either.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    It's painful watching an actor as skilled as Wilson trying to force-feed credibility to a horrifically unbelievable moment and sadly failing. Things only get worse from here on.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review

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