The Benefactor Reviews

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February 28, 2016
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 25, 2016
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
The Benefactor is a character portrait in search of a movie.
February 25, 2016
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
The Benefactor is both a bad film and a thoroughly inexplicable one.
February 22, 2016
Has Richard Gere been hitting the bong?
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 21, 2016
As a memorable work of cinema, it misses every important mark by a mile.
January 15, 2016
Gere, an actor capable of great nuance, hams it up so mightily you'd think the film was sponsored by Boar's Head.
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 15, 2016
Gere delivers a performance so self-consciously ACTORISH it often takes us right out of the film.
January 15, 2016
I drove myself crazy trying to find purpose in this story. It plays like a thriller whose thrills have been edited out.
January 15, 2016
One of those what-were-they-thinking projects in which good talent is on very bad display.
January 14, 2016
What begins as an intriguing psychological thriller devolves ... growing less interesting as it proceeds and giving costars Dakota Fanning and Theo James little to do.
January 14, 2016
Mr. Gere's flamboyant performance is the sole raison d'tre for this melodrama, written and directed by Andrew Renzi. Its other elements are given short shrift.
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
The only remarkable thing about it is Gere, who really should stick to filmmakers worthy of his talent.
January 14, 2016
Why hire Fanning, a gifted performer under the right circumstances, and then waste her presence on a nothing role?
January 13, 2016
Old silver-fox Gere looks great. He's almost embarrassingly charming - which is the point - but there's not much else here. We're left waiting for shocks which never come.
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