The Best Offer Reviews

January 14, 2014
When all is revealed in "The Best Offer," the appropriate reaction is that of a frustrated auctioneer: "That's it? That's all you've got?"
January 8, 2014
The clues and themes laid out early on in The Best Offer, which evolve into heavy handedness in their own right, also lay unencumbered paths for obvious twists to come in this limp arthouse thriller.
January 5, 2014
Isn't there a more interesting way to handle an imprisoned princess than this tired cliché?
January 3, 2014
Strangely old-fashioned in its construction and requiring a Golden Gate-level feat of engineering to achieve the suspension of disbelief necessary to unironically enjoy it, the...excesses of The Best Offer are best approached with severe caution.
January 3, 2014
An intriguingly Hitchcockian premise gradually takes on a preposterous air in the art-world noir "The Best Offer."
January 2, 2014
dull and lifeless, reducing a talented cast to cogs grinding through a rusty plot that continually scratches at the same surface-level implications
January 2, 2014
A storyline that never quite delivers and some clunky dialogue derail the initial promise of Cinema Paradiso director Giuseppe Tornatore's first English-language feature.
January 2, 2014
The pic uses the polish of faux-sophistication and the cliched old-man/nubile-woman fantasy to distract viewers from dissecting the plot.
January 1, 2014
Mr. Rush can't fly far on Mr. Tornatore's dialogue and workmanlike plotting, and Sylvia Hoeks, as Claire, doesn't bring a corresponding energy.
December 31, 2013
None of it comes together in any satisfying way, unfortunately, because Tornatore telegraphs every revelation with head-slapping amateurishness.
December 31, 2013
A beautiful film marred by a weak script that tries to dive headlong down the Hitchcock rabbit hole without offering any of the tension or suspense that might have made it a worthwhile journey.
December 28, 2013
It ascribes to the falsehood that a rarefied milieu inherently infuses a film with intelligence, as if inept execution can be covered up by pretty lensing.
October 2, 2013
The correlation between art fakery and romantic fraudulence is a tantalising bow to draw but Tornatore's focus lies with more conventional deceptions.
September 4, 2013
The machinery is all too exposed in this disappointing work from a great filmmaker; none of it rings true ... and that's not about what isn't meant to ring true
February 13, 2013
Fine actors as Rush, Sturgess and Hoeks are, almost everything they say remains dead on the page.