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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23%

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User Ratings: 1,207
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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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  • 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

    Guardian
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  • 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

    indieWire
    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

    Observer
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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.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer

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