The Benefactor

Critics Consensus

The Benefactor has Richard Gere and Dakota Fanning, but no clear idea of what to do with either of them, resulting in a drama that never comes anywhere near its intriguing potential.



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A newly married couple (Dakota Fanning and Theo James) are forced to navigate the all-consuming interest of a powerful, mysterious, and possessive philanthropist (brilliantly played by Richard Gere).

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All Critics (54) | Top Critics (19)

  • The Benefactor is a character portrait in search of a movie.

    Feb 25, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • Gere is committed but his character becomes increasingly annoying, with a one-note tortured past, and the script leaves him and his underwritten co-stars stranded with a pat ending.

    Feb 25, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Benjamin Lee

    Top Critic
  • Has Richard Gere been hitting the bong?

    Feb 22, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

    Time Out
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  • "A compelling portrait of a man on the verge.... Suffers from a sense of rigidity that somehow both fits its themes and stymies a greater sense of realism."

    Jan 26, 2016 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

    Emily Buder

    Top Critic
  • If the conclusion is a little too sunny, that's a small flaw in an otherwise compelling film about the hazards of trying to buy emotional connection.

    Jan 22, 2016 | Full Review…
  • As a memorable work of cinema, it misses every important mark by a mile.

    Jan 21, 2016 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

    Top Critic

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