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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. Read critic reviews

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Consumed by guilt over the accidental death of a couple, an eccentric Philadelphia philanthropist (Richard Gere) provides financial assistance to their pregnant daughter (Dakota Fanning) and her new husband (Theo James).

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  • The Benefactor loses whatever anarchic spark it may have had, leaving us with an increasingly empty symphony of its star's repertoire of heavy breathing, blinking and out-of-context laughing.

    February 28, 2016 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Renzi provides a platform for Gere to act in barnstorming fashion but can't work out what to do with any of the other characters. They tend just to stand embarrassed on the sidelines as Gere holds forth and steals every scene in which he appears.

    February 25, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The Benefactor is a character portrait in search of a movie.

    February 25, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    February 25, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The Benefactor is both a bad film and a thoroughly inexplicable one.

    February 25, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Has Richard Gere been hitting the bong?

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

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  • Feb 04, 2017
    Underwhelming. Literally nothing really happens in this movie. Spoilers ahead. A now older man has memories of the two friends he had who died in an accident he caused. Always fond of their teenage daughter, when she re enters his life as a young married and pregnant woman, he tries to assist them financially while his own drug dependence slowly become a worsening problem. That's it. Nothing drastic happens. No one is not what they seem. Dakota is barely in it. The wife had has her baby and the old man gets help. There no need to watch this now.
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