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The Best Offer

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Giuseppe Tornatore

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About the Movie

Geoffrey Rush stars in this stylish art world thriller as Virgil Oldman, managing director of a leading auction house. A man with his own individual style, he regularly dyes his hair, never goes out without his finest leather gloves and tries to reveal as little as possible of his emotional world. Over the years, he 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, who will only communicate with him from behind thick walls and heavy doors. Directed by Academy Award winner Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso), this sumptuous and entertaining mystery of passions, neuroses and intrigue twists and turns through Vienna, Prague, Bolzano and Merano. Starring Geoffrey Rush in a superb performance, The Best Offer also features Jim Sturgess and Donald Sutherland.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 32
  • Fresh: 18
  • Rotten: 14
  • Average Rating: 5.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: 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. – Nicolas Rapold, New York Times, Jan 1, 2014

Rotten: The pic uses the polish of faux-sophistication and the cliched old-man/nubile-woman fantasy to distract viewers from dissecting the plot. – Jay Weissberg, Variety, Jan 2, 2014

Fresh: The film has several smart twists and surprises up its well-tailored sleeve. – Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, Jan 9, 2014

Fresh: Geoffrey Rush brings striking depth of character to a classic Old World mystery set against the sophisticated backdrop of Europe's art auctions, with charming input from Jim Sturgess and Donald Sutherland. – Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter, Jan 2, 2014

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Customer Reviews

not as bad as the reviews make it out to be

This is a plot that has been done many times before, but It's not as bad as the reviews state. It's worth renting if you already enjoy northern european noire.

An extremely fine Italian work of art, refined indeed.

Every angle, every detail is extremely well made and so are the artistic settings made by a true connoisseur to the wardrobes and the superb acting bring this plot on how our own fears defeat us. No doubt the rating given by the rotten tomatoes come from a rotten substance and from very low quality low life libs surely from the Hollywood garbage collection. This is art cinema, be prepared to learn from the art

got me... :-)

enough said. no spoilers here, but enjoyed it beginning to (almost) the end. hot chick. :-)

The Best Offer
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2014

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