The Best Offer (2014)



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Movie Info

Virgil Oldman is a solitary, cultured man whose reluctance to engage with others, especially women, is matched only by the dogged obsessiveness with which he practices his profession of antiques dealer. He's never been close to another human being, not even Robert, his only friend - a young, skillful restorer of mechanical devices from every era. The day he turns sixty-three, Virgil receives a phone call from a young woman who asks him to handle the disposal of some family works of art. But when … More

Rating: R (for some sexuality and graphic nudity)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Giuseppe Tornatore
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 29, 2014
Box Office: $85.4k
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as Tall Gentleman

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as Real Estate Agent

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Critic Reviews for The Best Offer

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (12)

The movie's an eyeful, though, thanks to the intricate production design and many artworks on display; it's also an earful, thanks to Ennio Morricone's fittingly lush score.

Full Review… | January 30, 2014
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

"The Best Offer" is at its best when it's decidedly weird.

Full Review… | January 24, 2014
Detroit News
Top Critic

An uneven but weirdly mesmerizing drama/thriller, Giuseppe Tornatore's "The Best Offer" offers an acting showcase to Geoffrey Rush.

Full Review… | January 23, 2014
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Italian writer-director Giuseppe Tornatore... designs beautiful sets around Virgil, who holds the screen in nearly every shot.

Full Review… | January 17, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The film has several smart twists and surprises up its well-tailored sleeve.

Full Review… | January 9, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

If its destination is patently obvious from the outset, the journey does at least offer scattered pleasures.

Full Review… | January 9, 2014
AV Club
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Best Offer

A film rich in symbolism and meaning, with a superb performance by Geoffrey Rush. Better than average cinematography and a twist that keeps you thinking and considering the message long after the film has ended. (Tell me the statute Rush hides behind isn't a brilliant allegory for the entire film! Brilliant!) The music gets high marks as well. Highly recommended -- even if you're only looking for a good caper movie.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

Tornatore tried to channel Hitchcock's "Marnie" in "La Sconosciuta", here he does the same with "Vertigo" in mind (Laura and The Portrait of Jennie are other tales of doomed love that he seems to address), Considerably less emotionally resonant than those other titles, this one is a sleek and enjoyable gothic romance/giallo that ,unluckily, feels too telegraphed and soon falls in the now trite twist and turns of almost every heist/scam films. A forgery, but a very beautiful one.

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer


In "The Best Offer," Virgil Oldman(Geoffrey Rush) owns a pretigious auction house with a side business that he runs with his friend Billy(Donald Sutherland) in coveting some of the paintings that come his way. Virgil's latest commission involves the settling of the estate of Claire(Sylvia Hoeks) whose parents have just died. While at her decaying mansion, he spots some gears which he brings to his other friend Robert(Jim Sturgess), a mechanic, before discovering a link to a far richer treasure than he could have originally imagined.

The best thing you could probably say about "The Best Offer" is that it is a near miss. Well, not really, as it on one hand serves as a fine character portrait of somebody whose aiming for perfection borders on extreme fastidiousness.(To be honest, I have to like any character in this day and age who does not own a cell phone.) While otherwise confident, he cannot look a woman in the eye, probably caused by being raised by nuns. All of which is aided by an excellent performance from Geoffrey Rush.

But plot and story not so much. Everything plays out pretty much as expected with few surprises. And then still manages to make little or no sense, starting with the fact that somebody as busy and important as Virgil would not waste that much of his personal time with such a difficult client as Claire. That's even before the gears put in an appearance. That just goes to show you that while we can appreciate the precision of a clock, the same should not hold true for any art form, especially movies.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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