The Best Offer
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Virgil Oldman is a solitary, cultured man whose reluctance to engage with others, especially women, is matched only by the dogged obsessiveness with which he practices his profession of antiques dealer. He's never been close to another human being, not even Robert, his only friend - a young, skillful restorer of mechanical devices from every era. The day he turns sixty-three, Virgil receives a phone call from a young woman who asks him to handle the disposal of some family works of art. But when the time comes for his first site visit, the girl fails to appear, nor, for various reasons, is… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

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"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."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"Italian writer-director Giuseppe Tornatore... designs beautiful sets around Virgil, who holds the screen in nearly every shot."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"Tornatore lays on the symbolism a bit thickly, and the film's mix of accents offers a distinct whiff of Europudding. You will probably even see some of the twists coming. Yet the film is still terrifically compelling."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"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?""
‑ Jeff Baker, Oregonian
"What a nice way to start 2014, with this intricate, multi-layered tale of mystery, deceit, and delicate anxiety..."
‑ Elias Savada, Film Threat
""The Best Offer" is at its best when it's decidedly weird."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"The film has several smart twists and surprises up its well-tailored sleeve."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Part of a forger's craft involves not simply duplicating the images but replicating the strokes to be found in the original. Tornatore's film makes deft use of cinematic cliché to lead viewers astray."
‑ Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
"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."
‑ Simon Brookfield, We Got This Covered
"Isn't there a more interesting way to handle an imprisoned princess than this tired cliché?"
‑ Sheila O'Malley, RogerEbert.com
"An uneven but weirdly mesmerizing drama/thriller, Giuseppe Tornatore's "The Best Offer" offers an acting showcase to Geoffrey Rush."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"If its destination is patently obvious from the outset, the journey does at least offer scattered pleasures."
‑ Mike D'Angelo, AV Club
"In The Best Offer, director/writer Giuseppe Tornatore feasts at the Hitchcock table."
‑ Tony Macklin, tonymacklin.net
"A sleek art-world caper."
‑ Andrew Lapin, The Dissolve
"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."
‑ Jessica Kiang, The Playlist
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