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  • 60
    Deborah Young The Hollywood Reporter

    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. show more

  • 75
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    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. show more

  • 63
    Bill Stamets Chicago Sun-Times

    Tornatore’s ideas about art, trust and intimacy are curious, even if they do not quite click. show more

  • 63
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    An intriguingly Hitchcockian premise gradually takes on a preposterous air in the art-world noir The Best Offer. show more

  • 38
    Sheila O'Malley

    It's all a bit overheated, and while there is certainly nothing wrong with melodrama, the problem arises when the script (also by Tornatore) keeps insisting on explaining its own symbolism and subtext, to make sure we get how deep the thing is. show more

  • 25
    Nick McCarthy Slant Magazine

    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. show more

  • 70
    Andrew Lapin The Dissolve

    Between its erotic underpinnings and increasingly preposterous third-act reveals, the film could easily pass for middle-grade Hitchcock. Since its premise is that forgeries can still have value, that’s a high compliment. show more

  • 40
    Keith Uhlich Time Out New York

    The fully committed Rush, at least, commands our constant attention, and no movie with a kookier-than-usual Ennio Morricone score (dig those staccato-chanting chorines!) could ever be a total waste of canvas. show more

  • 40
    Andrew Pulver The Guardian

    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. show more

  • 25
    Jessica Kiang The Playlist

    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. show more

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