The Best Offer

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Virgil Oldman (Geoffrey Rush), the director of an esteemed auction house, falls in love with a reclusive young heiress. After he shows her his priceless collection of portraits, she soon disappears with all of his paintings.

Cast & Crew

Geoffrey Rush
Virgil Oldman
Donald Sutherland
Billy Whistler
Kiruna Stamell
Girl in the bar
Ennio Morricone
Original Music
Fabio Zamarion
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Massimo Quaglia
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Reg Poerscout-Edgerton
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Maurizio Sabatini
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Andrea Di Palma
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Critic Reviews for The Best Offer

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (15)

  • The movie's an eyeful, though, thanks to the intricate production design and many artworks on display; it's also an earful, thanks to Ennio Morricone's fittingly lush score.

    January 30, 2014 | Full Review…
  • "The Best Offer" is at its best when it's decidedly weird.

    January 24, 2014 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • An uneven but weirdly mesmerizing drama/thriller, Giuseppe Tornatore's "The Best Offer" offers an acting showcase to Geoffrey Rush.

    January 23, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Italian writer-director Giuseppe Tornatore... designs beautiful sets around Virgil, who holds the screen in nearly every shot.

    January 17, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The film has several smart twists and surprises up its well-tailored sleeve.

    January 9, 2014 | Full Review…
  • If its destination is patently obvious from the outset, the journey does at least offer scattered pleasures.

    January 9, 2014 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    Mike D'Angelo

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Audience Reviews for The Best Offer

  • May 12, 2020
    Geoffrey Rush plays a know-it-all antique dealer, expert in his domain, master of his own world, a world in a bubble, who is seduced into the lair of a mysterious woman. We follow his infatuation with interest, as nervous as he about several red flags that show up, vaguely aware that some bubble-bursting is highly probable. The rest of the cast do "trustworthy" - making this less of a whodunit and more a who's doing it, a tell in itself. The payoff is somewhat anticlimactic, the ending limp, but until then a mystery that holds one's attention due to Rush's command of the screen.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 29, 2016
    With an appalling lack of subtlety, awful dialogue and badly-constructed characters (the protagonist's actions and motivations are puzzling from beginning to end), it seems like this corny little romance full of clichés and predictable twists is making a huge effort to be bad.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 16, 2016
    Only a cold heart cannot warm to Virgil Oldman, a lonely elderly man who eats dinner alone on his birthday, even after learning that he is a fraud and a swindler. Oldman does not reveal that some of the paintings he analyzes are masterpieces. He does this so he, with the aid of his friend Billy (Donald Sutherland) can later buy them at a lower price. He keeps his masterpieces of womens' faces locked away in a room, where he, during his lonely moments, looks at but doesn't touch. Oldman is filthy rich, but still, he cannot live life in the real world, the same way he is not able to love a real woman. He loves canvas, not flesh. He can't even TOUCH flesh; he can't touch anything with his bare hands. He wears gloves and looks at the world alone, through transparent canvas. The cast was well-selected, except for Claire. Sylvia Hoeks was too "Hollywood." A better choice was to have cast a more seemingly innocent woman, one who was more "girl-like" than seductive. SPOILER ALERT. Please do not read any further if you do no wish to have the ending revealed and questioned. The ending was as open-ended as a drunk's beer can. At the last scene, why did Oldman visit the NIGHT AND DAY café? It was the only place Claire felt loved in the past. Did he go there because he couldn't let his relationship go and hoped to see her again, or was it for revenge? Oldman recollects Claire saying, "No matter what happens to us, know that I loved you." He also remembers saying that every forgery, every fake, leaves its real mark and can be found. So when Oldman tells the waiter, "I'm waiting for someone" in the last scene, what exactly did he mean? How shocking to learn that the creepy savant dwarf was the real Claire! She rented out her Villa across the street, and Billy, Robert (the young guy who fixed the gears) and the groundskeeper were all in on this master plot to destroy Virgil and to rob him of his fortune. But by doing so, did they not give him a fortune... the ability to love? While Billy's motive is apparent, Robert's is not. Billy was an artist and felt undervalued by Oldman. Why did Robert cruelly destroy Virgil? There were easier ways to rob him, if money was all he was after. One huge question remains... Was Virgil at the Mental Institution BEFORE or AFTER his visit to the NIGHT AND DAY café in Prague? Did he have a mental breakdown right after being conned, and then pull himself together? Or was the whole story him being in the institution reflecting on past events?
    Amy A Super Reviewer
  • Feb 02, 2016
    This could have been a great movie, but it has one too many unnecessary and off-key scenes and far too many on-the-nose components. Rush's character, Virgil Oldman, is an interesting character study, and of course, Rush delivers. Too bad this character is placed in a weird scenario as a reluctantly lascivious old man (hahah get it). The original premise has a classic fairytale feel, but is squandered on wish fulfillment sequences. The supporting characters are totally one dimensional and exist to push the boring plot, give space for Rush's character to voice his thoughts, or lay down some heavy-handed metaphors. The production design is the highlight of this film. There are many scenes that could produce an audible 'wow". If you want something light and pointless but visually engaging, this is a good flick to have on in the background while you get slammed or web surf.
    _kelly . Super Reviewer

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