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  • Summary: Virgil Oldman (Geoffrey Rush), managing director of a leading auction house, has collected hundreds of masterful, priceless portraits of women that he keeps hidden in his villa. One day, Oldman receives a special assignment: a mysterious young woman, who refuses to appear in person, asks him to sell her family's antiques. Not only interested in her classical paintings and furniture, Oldman becomes increasingly fascinated by the mysterious incognito woman, leading to a sumptuous and entertaining mystery of passions, neuroses and intrigue. [IFC Films] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    Jan 16, 2014
    Screenwriter/director Tornatore is best known for his nostalgic "Cinema Paradiso," which won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 1990. But The Best Offer is completely different in style and tone; it’s dark instead of light, a psychological thriller of sorts, only with Virgil’s heart and orderly life in peril instead of his life.
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    Part of the pleasure in watching The Best Offer is the elegant, unassumingly suspenseful way it unfolds. You never quite know where it’s all headed, in part because it never quite tells you what kind of movie it is. I called it a “romantic thriller,” but there’s a lot more movie here than that.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Jan 8, 2014
    Rush has a lot of fun with Oldman’s gradual thaw, and the questions the movie raises about authenticity and deception, while not remotely in the same heady league as those in "Certified Copy," nonetheless allow it to conclude on a satisfyingly ambiguous note.
  4. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    Dec 23, 2013
    Though it begs for a little lightening up, a moment of irony, a wink at the audience, this dead-serious fairy tale about a mysterious young woman (and a phantom automaton straight out of Hugo) is worth watching for Geoffrey Rush’s sensitive, never pandering performance.
  5. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Dec 31, 2013
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Andrew Pulver
    Dec 23, 2013
    Filmed in what you might call the international hotel style, Tornatore's idiotic premise is entertaining if you don't inspect it too carefully, or look for anything beneath the portentousness.
  7. Reviewed by: Jessica Kiang
    Dec 23, 2013
    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.

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  1. Jan 5, 2014
    A mystery film, and what it about mystery films: their plots seem contrived, more obvious like their slips are showing. There were about three or four parallel plot threads that keep the story rolling along Still, the story was interesting enough. It had some nice sets and scenery (Italy, Prague and Vienna), and it's a vicarious thrill to see how the rich really live. Ditto for the profession of a auctioneer. The film is nicely carried by Geoffrey Rush, who with Donald Sutherland in the film you don't get better first rate actors than these. The other younger players do a fine job. I found the musical score a bit heavy handed as well. Expand