The Benefactor Reviews
August 22, 2018
This is an audacious film about narcissism and digging below the surface of the "good time party guy" to see the demons that lie beneath. However, the film's weakness is that it's a singular movie when it needed to be a dual protagonist movie.
January 24, 2017
Well-etched character piece about a high-spirited philanthropist (Richard Gere) with no family...writer/director Andrew Renzi keeps things straightforward and gets terrific performances out of Gere and especially Theo James.
March 1, 2016
Presented in a rather unique way, without feeling contrived when doing so.
February 23, 2016
There's a richness to the cinematography that, along with the central performance, hearkens back to a character study from a few decades prior.
January 26, 2016
"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."
January 22, 2016
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.
January 17, 2016
Richard Gere gives an annoying performance in 'The Benefactor' -- and it works!
January 15, 2016
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.
January 14, 2016
Gere's deft showboating, with Fanning under-compensating beautifully at the other end of the seesaw, is quite enough to carry a movie whose potency surely depends on not spelling things out.
January 14, 2016
It rarely makes a substantial impression, yet "The Benefactor" is alive, powered by a special nervous energy that can only emerge from Gere.
January 13, 2016
Worth watching for the second-half, which features some riveting acting by Gere.
July 7, 2015
At the core of this clumsy debut feature, there is still the vital insight that philanthropy in America can be an addiction for the rich who seek cleansing and approval, and vent their fury when they don't get it unconditionally.
May 2, 2015
The movie ends in a more conventional place than the one where it begins, yet it still marks a surprising and graceful first fiction feature for writer-director Andrew Renzi.