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The Benefactor (2016)



Critic 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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Treehouse Pictures

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Richard Gere
as Franny
Theo James
as Luke
Clarke Peters
as Dr. Romano
Dylan Baker
as Bobby
Tibor Feldman
as Dr. Sam
Matt Myers
as Bathroom Attendant
Erica Lynne Marszalek
as Sexy Shot Girl
Andrea Havens
as Franny's Wealthy Friend
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Critic Reviews for The Benefactor

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (17)

Has Richard Gere been hitting the bong?

Full Review… | February 22, 2016
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."

Full Review… | January 26, 2016
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.

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

Full Review… | January 21, 2016
New York Observer
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Gere, an actor capable of great nuance, hams it up so mightily you'd think the film was sponsored by Boar's Head.

Full Review… | January 15, 2016
Entertainment Weekly
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Fanning has little to do beyond grasping her prosthetic stomach, but James is a decent foil for Gere, who gives form to the highly topical subject of how pain meds destroy lives.

Full Review… | January 15, 2016
New York Post
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Audience Reviews for The Benefactor

Disappointing for two accomplished actors like Richard Gere and Dakota Fanning. The Benefactor starts with a compelling story but does nothing to expand that into a satisfactory drama, never reaching a climax nor a proper conclusion.

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